strict

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adjective \ˈstrikt\

Definition of strict

  1. 1 archaic a :  tight, close; also :  intimateb :  narrow

  2. 2a :  stringent in requirement or control under strict ordersb :  severe in discipline a strict teacher

  3. 3a :  inflexibly maintained or adhered to strict secrecyb :  rigorously conforming to principle or a norm or condition

  4. 4 :  exact, precise in the strict sense of the word

  5. 5 :  of narrow erect habit of growth a strict inflorescence

strictly

play \ˈstrik(t)-lē\ adverb

strictness

play \-nəs\ noun

Examples of strict in a Sentence

  1. Her parents aren't very strict.

  2. He insists on strict adherence to the rules.

Origin and Etymology of strict

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

Synonym Discussion of 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


STRICT Defined for English Language Learners

strict

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adjective

Definition of strict for English Language Learners

  • —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 Defined for Kids

strict

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adjective \ˈstrikt\

Definition of strict for Students

stricter

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strictest

  1. 1 :  not to be avoided or ignored :  requiring obedience strict orders

  2. 2 :  strongly enforcing rules and discipline a strict coach

  3. 3 :  kept with great care :  absolute strict secrecy

  4. 4 :  carefully observing something (as a rule or principle) a strict vegetarian

  5. 5 :  1exact, precise the strict sense of a word

strictly

adverb

strictness

noun

Law Dictionary

strict

adjective

Legal Definition of strict

  1. 1 :  characterized by narrowness :  not demonstrating a broad or liberal view strict interpretation

  2. 2a :  firm or rigid in requirement or control b :  severe in discipline

  3. 3a :  inflexibly maintained or adhered to b :  rigorously conforming to a principle or norm or condition a strict bill of interpleader

  4. 4 :  not requiring fault — see also strict liability at liability 2b

strictly

adverb


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