rigorous

adjective
rig·​or·​ous | \ ˈri-g(ə-)rəs \

Definition of rigorous

1 : manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigor : very strict
2a : marked by extremes of temperature or climate
b : harsh, severe
3 : scrupulously accurate : precise

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rigorously adverb
rigorousness noun

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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

Examples of rigorous in a Sentence

rigorous enforcement of the rules a rigorous course of study We subjected the data to a rigorous analysis.
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The inspector role sounds similar to the secretive testers at the Michelin guide, and indeed the job is both enviable and rigorous. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "Inside the Secret Application Process to Become a Relais & Châteaux Hotel," 31 Jan. 2019 While the evidence remains largely preliminary, these individual cases have reached a critical mass, which indicates something is happening that needs to be explored in a more rigorous way. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The Leaping Bunny certification of COVERGIRL marks a new milestone in this area as the largest makeup brand to be certified cruelty free after having met our rigorous criteria. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Covergirl is Now Cruelty-Free Certified by Leaping Bunny," 6 Nov. 2018 Subjects that are usually taught in silos are brought together in a fun, inviting, rigorous and captivating way. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "Arsht leaders give rave reviews to retiring center president | Miami Herald," 20 Mar. 2018 The testing was rigorous, comprehensive and exhaustive. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Weapons upgrade set to make US Special Operations even more deadly," 13 Sep. 2018 When Facebook hired him in 2011, he was hailed by Republicans and Democrats alike as an informed and rigorous policy maker. Deepa Seetharaman, WSJ, "Facebook’s Lonely Conservative Takes on a Power Position," 23 Dec. 2018 Colin McEvoy, the principal of Millennium, a rigorous and popular school of about 700 students in Manhattan’s financial district, invited him to join the class of 2018. New York Times, "At Graduation, a Son in the Limelight and a Father in the Shadows," 3 July 2018 With marijuana performing impressively under rigorous controls, pressure likely will grow to pull the drug from the federal all-bad list, which would broaden horizons for research and development. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of rigorous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rigorous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rigorous

: very strict and demanding
: done carefully and with a lot of attention to detail
: difficult to endure because of extreme conditions

rigorous

adjective
rig·​or·​ous | \ ˈri-gə-rəs \

Kids Definition of rigorous

1 : very strict rigorous rules
2 : hard to endure because of extreme conditions : harsh rigorous winters

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rigorously adverb

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