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.
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   2. Consistency; sameness; as, the uniformity of a man's
      opinions.
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   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.
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   4. Continued or unvaried sameness or likeness.
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   5. Conformity to a pattern or rule; resemblance, consonance,
      or agreement; as, the uniformity of different churches in
      ceremonies or rites.
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   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.
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