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adjective rig·or·ous \ˈri-g(ə-)rəs\

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

rigorously

adverb

rigorousness

noun

Examples of rigorous in a sentence

  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>.

RIGOROUS Defined for English Language Learners

rigorous

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adjective rig·or·ous \ˈri-g(ə-)rəs\

Definition of rigorous for English Language Learners

  • : very strict and demanding

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

  • : difficult to endure because of extreme conditions


RIGOROUS Defined for Kids

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adjective rig·or·ous \ˈri-gə-rəs\

Definition of rigorous for Students

  1. 1 :  very strict <rigorous rules>

  2. 2 :  hard to endure because of extreme conditions :  harsh <rigorous winters>

rigorously

adverb


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