strict

adjective
\ ˈstrikt How to pronounce strict (audio) \

Definition of strict

1a : stringent in requirement or control under strict orders
b : severe in discipline a strict teacher
2a : inflexibly maintained or adhered to strict secrecy
b : rigorously conforming to principle or a norm or condition
3 : exact, precise in the strict sense of the word
4 : of narrow erect habit of growth a strict inflorescence

5 archaic

a : tight, close also : intimate
b : narrow

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Other Words from strict

strictly \ ˈstrik(t)-​lē How to pronounce strictly (audio) \ adverb
strictness \ ˈstrik(t)-​nəs How to pronounce strictness (audio) \ 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 strict in a Sentence

Her parents aren't very strict. He insists on strict adherence to the rules.

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National authorities in Britain, Germany, Ireland and France, meanwhile, have mounted their own probes over privacy issues and proposed stricter rules on dangerous content. Washington Post, "Europe shows challenges for US regulators targeting Big Tech," 7 June 2019 The policy makes it a near certainty that California and 13 other states will sue the administration while continuing to enforce their own, stricter rules — in effect, splitting the United States auto market in two. New York Times, "Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits," 6 June 2019 The Bucks should be prioritizing team fit over strict positional need at their spot in the draft. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Biggest Needs for All 30 Teams in the 2019 NBA Draft," 6 June 2019 Earlier this year, actor Geoffrey Rush won a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Telegraph, under Australia’s notoriously strict libel laws. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Australia’s Media Raids and the Decline of Press Freedom Worldwide," 6 June 2019 Some states have even stricter laws that prohibit research on fetal tissue entirely. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Fetal Tissue Research Facts and Why It's so Controversial," 6 June 2019 The Fordham Institute, a pro-charter education advocacy group that has often pushed for stricter rules for charters, supports changing the rules. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Ohio charter school closure laws could be weakened," 5 June 2019 Other offices have stricter rules, where denim and flimsy tops are a no-go. Glamour, "8 Perfect Casual-Friday Outfits to Wear All Summer Long," 30 May 2019 Could fashion help reshape a strict, conservative country that heavily relies on traditional gender norms? Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Designers Showing Gender-Neutral Clothing at Russia Fashion Week," 19 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of strict

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for strict

Middle English stricte, from Latin strictus, from past participle of stringere to bind tight — more at strain

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strict

adjective

English Language Learners 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

strict

adjective
\ ˈstrikt How to pronounce strict (audio) \
stricter; strictest

Kids Definition of strict

1 : not to be avoided or ignored : requiring obedience strict orders
2 : strongly enforcing rules and discipline a strict coach
3 : kept with great care : absolute strict secrecy
4 : carefully observing something (as a rule or principle) a strict vegetarian
5 : exact entry 1, precise the strict sense of a word

Other Words from strict

strictly adverb
strictness noun

strict

adjective

Legal Definition of strict

1 : characterized by narrowness : not demonstrating a broad or liberal view strict interpretation
2a : firm or rigid in requirement or control
b : severe in discipline
3a : inflexibly maintained or adhered to
b : rigorously conforming to a principle or norm or condition a strict bill of interpleader
4 : not requiring fault — see also strict liability at liability sense 2b

Other Words from strict

strictly adverb

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