adjective \ˈstrikt\

—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

a :  tight, close; also :  intimate
b :  narrow
a :  stringent in requirement or control <under strict orders>
b :  severe in discipline <a strict teacher>
a :  inflexibly maintained or adhered to <strict secrecy>
b :  rigorously conforming to principle or a norm or condition
:  exact, precise <in the strict sense of the word>
:  of narrow erect habit of growth <a strict inflorescence>
strict·ly \ˈstrik(t)-lē\ adverb
strict·ness \-nəs\ noun

Examples of STRICT

  1. Her parents aren't very strict.
  2. 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

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>.

Rhymes with STRICT

STRICTNESS Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈstrikt\

Definition of STRICT for Kids

:  not to be avoided or ignored :  requiring obedience <strict orders>
:  strongly enforcing rules and discipline <a strict coach>
:  kept with great care :  absolute <strict secrecy>
:  carefully observing something (as a rule or principle) <a strict vegetarian>
:  1exact, precise <the strict sense of a word>
strict·ly adverb
strict·ness noun


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