Definition for STRAIT'NESS


  1. Narrowness; as, the straitness of a place; straitness of mind; straitness of circumstances. – Bacon.
  2. Strictness; rigor; as, the straitness of a man's proceedings. – Shak.
  3. Distress; difficulty; pressure from necessity of any kind, particularly from poverty.
  4. Want; scarcity; or rather narrowness; as, the straitness of the conveniences of life. – Locke.

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