from The Century Dictionary.
- noun etc. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb See
astrict, and astriction.
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But ere the Bishop have said much, he forgetteth himself, and tells us, (177) that it were against equity and charity to adstrict the husbandman to leave his plough so oft as the days of weekly preaching do return, but that, on the festival days, reason would, that if he did not leave his plough willingly, by authority he should be forced.
Spotswood tells us, (67) that public constitutions must be obeyed, and that private men may not disobey them, and thus is our practice adstricted in the use of things which are not at all necessary, and acknowledged _gratis_ by the urgers to be indifferent, adstricted (I say) to one part without liberty to the other, and that by the mere authority of a human constitution, whereas Christian liberty gives us freedom both for the omission and for the observation of a thing indifferent, except some other reason do adstrict and restrain it than a bare human constitution.
God himself, ought not to be obeyed, how much less should the precepts of men be received about such things in religion as never had this honour to be God’s ordinances, when their mere authority doth limit or adstrict us in things which God hath made lawful or free to us.