\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

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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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See the photo here: While Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's evening reception had a strict no-phone policy, a few guests have shared their black-tie looks on Instagram. Relive the entire wedding day through photos right here. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "See Sarah Ferguson's Dress for Princess Eugenie's Wedding Reception," 13 Oct. 2018 Due to its strict membership policies, including asking two existing members to vouch for you, the club effectively barred Jewish and black people from becoming members for decades. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Dem candidate was member of anti-Semitic, anti-black club in South Africa that invited Apartheid figure 'Dr Death' for 'motivational talk'," 12 Sep. 2018 Aside from many colleges having strict lateness policies, rushing around and running through campus can be difficult, especially during bad weather or crummy temperatures. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "9 Tips for Scheduling College Courses," 31 Aug. 2018 That said, China has a strict no first use policy with regards to nuclear weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Conducts New Hypersonic Weapon Test," 7 Aug. 2018 After a passenger attempted to board her flight with an emotional support peacock in March, United Airlines rolled out a new strict policy requiring written vet-approval in order to travel with service animals. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Passenger Tried to Smuggle Large Snake on a Plane, TSA Says," 10 July 2018 Ledford hoped that the pup could meet the team, but the stadium has a strict no dogs policy. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Woman creates "bucket list" for terminally ill St. Bernard," 5 July 2018 Like Balenciaga, Maison Margiela under John Galliano is one of many with a highly strict policy. Washington Post, "Standing ovation at Valentino caps Paris couture week," 4 July 2018 Referring to people as unwanted pests is dehumanizing, Wilson said, and can set the stage for acceptance of strict policies on immigrants favored by the administration and many of its supporters. Hamed Aleaziz,, "Trump’s claim that migrants ‘infest’ country seen as whipping up fear," 19 June 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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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


\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



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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