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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Most Read Nation & World Stories His work on behalf of Native American tribal communities across New Mexico included recent efforts at stricter laws against the sale of Indian cultural artifacts and fraudulent indigenous art. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "New Mexico senator, conservationist won’t run again in 2020," 25 Mar. 2019 Within hours of the ruling, states, including Texas, began to implement stricter voting laws. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterms," 29 Oct. 2018 In the weeks following the shooting, students across the country held a National Walkout Day, pushing for stricter gun laws. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Students hold Second Amendment rally to counter walkout pushing for stricter gun laws," 2 Oct. 2018 Many people don’t have all the facts about new, stricter laws, such as photo I.D. requirements, which have been adopted by more states in recent years. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Women's Equality Day: It Can Still Be Hard for Women to Vote. Here's What You Should Know About Your Rights," 27 Aug. 2018 Advertisement Polls show solid support for stricter laws, especially after mass shootings. Matthew Choi, star-telegram, "Guns chill free speech, UT Austin professors will argue at federal appeals court," 11 July 2018 Earlier this year, a survey by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found Americans in favor of stricter gun laws. Hannah Fingerhut, The Christian Science Monitor, "Poll: Americans have relatively high confidence in Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 Supporters of the bill argued that stricter copyright laws would give content creators more leverage against internet behemoths such as Google. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe," 5 July 2018 Also, that stricter laws be enacted to prevent domestic violence and restrict access to weapons to those most at risk of committing murder-suicide, as people with a history of domestic violence or who have previously threatened to commit suicide. Johanna A. Álvarez, miamiherald, "Florida among top states for murder-suicides," 2 July 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 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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