strict

adjective
\ ˈstrikt \

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 \ adverb
strictness \ ˈstrik(t)-​nəs \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of strict in a Sentence

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

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In 2013, Uganda passed strict legislation that made being gay punishable by life imprisonment. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "Behind the Curtain: In Tanzania, a Crackdown Sends LGBT People Into Hiding," 6 Dec. 2018 However, neither Amazon nor Wing have yet conducted any large-scale tests in the US, due in part to the country’s stricter aviation rules. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Alphabet’s Wing is launching a free 10-minute drone delivery service in Finland," 5 Dec. 2018 Several other airlines, including Alaska, Delta, JetBlue and United have also adopted stricter rules on pets boarding planes. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Emotional support animals face restrictions in Southwest airlines, Royal Caribbean cruises, reports say," 15 Aug. 2018 The tweet from Hogg comes as the NRA turned affiliated Twitter, Facebook and Instagram logos orange at the start of Wear Orange Weekend, a movement supporting gun violence prevention organized by activists pushing for stricter gun legislation. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Parkland student activist David Hogg thanks NRA on Twitter. Here's why," 1 June 2018 Poland is another European example with stricter legislation than its demography would predict. The socially conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party is trying to impose even tougher laws, similar to Ireland’s. The Economist, "Ireland looks set to decriminalise abortion," 26 May 2018 Sabrina boasts a stellar cast, most notably Lucy Davis (Etta Candy in Wonder Woman) as Sabrina's warmly addled Aunt Hilda, and Miranda Otto (Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as her strict, traditionalist Aunt Zelda. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 Private clubs and resorts are generally known for their exclusivity and strict dress codes—and sometimes for their design. Kate Betts, ELLE Decor, "A Tour of the Impeccably-Designed Silo Ridge Private Club," 14 Oct. 2018 In Wisconsin, the strictest of these states, rules drafted by the state university’s board of regents allow students to be expelled if they are found to have disrupted the speech of other students three times. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018

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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 \
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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