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act of uniformity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Uniformity \U`ni*form"i*ty\, n. [L. uniformitas: cf. F. uniformit['e].] 1. The quality or state of being uniform; freedom from variation or difference; resemblance to itself at all times; sameness of action, effect, etc., under like conditions; even tenor; as, the uniformity of design in a poem; the uniformity of nature. [1913 Webster] 2. Consistency; sameness; as, the uniformity of a man's opinions. [1913 Webster] 3. Similitude between the parts of a whole; as, the uniformity of sides in a regular figure; beauty is said to consist in uniformity with variety. [1913 Webster] 4. Continued or unvaried sameness or likeness. [1913 Webster] 5. Conformity to a pattern or rule; resemblance, consonance, or agreement; as, the uniformity of different churches in ceremonies or rites. [1913 Webster] Act of Uniformity (Eng. Hist.), an act of Parliament, passed in 1661, prescribing the form of public prayers, administration of sacraments, and other rites of the Established Church of England. Its provisions were modified by the "Act of Uniformity Amendment Act," of 1872. [1913 Webster]