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procrustean rule


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n procrustean rule a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality
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In literature:

Even your Procrustean rule seems to fail with him, Paton.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
Now, a good master will treat each voice on its own merit, and not place it at first on the Procrustean bed of a book of rules and exercises.
"Advice to Singers" by Frederick James Crowest