\ 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

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 But, largely due to Japan’s strict pandemic border measures, the number of foreign visitors plummeted from nearly 32 million in 2019 to just 250,000 last year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The intensifying expressions of discontent show the growing impatience in parts of the country with strict Covid control measures that have trapped some people for weeks and have undercut economic growth. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, 2 May 2022 His analysis found that debates about living with the virus in Taiwan and local discussion about strict lockdown measures in Shanghai rise and fall in tandem. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 The last few days have been volatile as Wall Street also tries to assess how China's strict lockdown measures to fight COVID-19 will impact the broader global economy, including hurting demand in the world's second-largest economy. Damian J. Troise, ajc, 26 Apr. 2022 Residents in the city of 26 million have complained of difficulties obtaining food and other daily necessities under strict measures that prevent them from leaving their housing complexes and sometimes even their apartments. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 Government officials have also stressed the importance of maintaining strict prevention measures. Stephanie Yangstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 The flight suspension rule is slamming Hong Kong's position as a premier aviation hub, which was already in question as the city grappled with the impact of its strict quarantine measures. Michelle Toh, Jake Kwon And Lizzy Yee, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 Public health officials face growing political pressure against strict health measures. Camille Squires, Quartz, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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