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adjective rig·or·ous \ˈri-g(ə-)rəs\

Simple Definition of rigorous

  • : very strict and demanding

  • : done carefully and with a lot of attention to detail

  • : difficult to endure because of extreme conditions

Full Definition of rigorous

  1. 1 :  manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigor :  very strict

  2. 2 a :  marked by extremes of temperature or climate b :  harsh, severe

  3. 3 :  scrupulously accurate :  precise

rig·or·ous·ly adverb
rig·or·ous·ness noun

Examples of rigorous

  1. rigorous enforcement of the rules

  2. a rigorous course of study

  3. We subjected the data to a rigorous analysis.



15th Century

First Known Use of rigorous

15th century

Synonym Discussion of rigorous

rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent mean extremely severe or stern. rigid implies uncompromising inflexibility <rigid rules of conduct>. rigorous implies the imposition of hardship and difficulty <the rigorous training of recruits>. strict emphasizes undeviating conformity to rules, standards, or requirements <strict enforcement of the law>. stringent suggests severe, tight restriction or limitation <stringent standards of admission>.


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