Simple Definition of strict
—used to describe a command, rule, etc., that must be obeyed
: demanding that people obey rules or behave in a certain way
: carefully obeying the rules or principles of a religion or a particular way of life
Full Definition of strict
2a : stringent in requirement or control <under strict orders>b : severe in discipline <a strict teacher>
3a : inflexibly maintained or adhered to <strict secrecy>b : rigorously conforming to principle or a norm or condition
5 : of narrow erect habit of growth <a strict inflorescence>
Examples of strict
Her parents aren't very strict.
He insists on strict adherence to the rules.
Origin of strict
Middle English stricte, from Latin strictus, from past participle of stringere to bind tight — more at strain
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of strict
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