\ 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 strict (audio) \ adverb
strictness \ ˈstrik(t)-​nəs How to pronounce strict (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Others say their colleges have strict policies surrounding sexuality and purity. NBC News, "LGBTQ students file class-action lawsuit against Department of Education," 30 Mar. 2021 She was relieved to send her back to New Hampshire, where the school could enforce its strict policies. New York Times, "The Boarding-School Boom," 29 Mar. 2021 The spokesperson for the school told KETV that the school took strict safety measures to prevent coronavirus spread, and is asking all infected staff members and students to quarantine. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, "100 new coronavirus cases at day care linked to UK variant outbreak: Officials," 28 Mar. 2021 The importance of good internet access was only heightened during the coronavirus pandemic, and especially during periods of strict lockdown measures. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "The least popular internet provider in the US isn’t what you think," 25 Mar. 2021 As is the case in so many countries – as well as states within the U.S. – Victoria has been sharply divided between those who feel that the government overreached and others who have favored strict measures. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, "To fight pandemic, people gave up liberties. Will they get them back?," 25 Mar. 2021 Newsom defends pandemic response on CNN: Gov. Gavin Newsom acknowledged Tuesday that California’s strict lockdown measures were tough on many residents but in a CNN interview defended his choices. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: March 11-17, 2021," 20 Mar. 2021 Republican lawmakers have blamed the latest border crisis on President Biden’s overhaul of the Trump administration’s strict enforcement policies. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "U.S. Is Setting Up Two New Shelters in Texas for Unaccompanied Minors," 15 Mar. 2021 Herdman fought an increase in Cleveland’s violent crime and often followed the Trump administration’s strict law-and-order policies. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Former U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman joins fight to free Ohio inmate convicted of three slayings," 4 Mar. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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 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



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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