1
a
: stringent in requirement or control
under strict orders
b
: severe in discipline
a strict teacher
2
a
: 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
strictly adverb
strictness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Republicans across the country, including Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, have sought to draw attention to the southern border ahead of the 2024 presidential election as federal legislation that would provide stricter border security stalls in Congress. Anna Sago, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 Property owners must also consistently monitor and report emissions levels to stay within the increasingly strict limits. Karl Pomeroy, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 That number has since risen after a more housing-hawkish legislature established a stricter set of rules around how unit requirements are distributed. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 But states’ child safety efforts have faced numerous legal setbacks, with industry groups winning early legal challenges to halt laws that would otherwise impose stricter safety obligations on tech companies or require that parents sign off on their teens’ social media use. Cristiano Lima-Strong, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 In 2020, the Olivers used AI to create a video of Joaquin urging young voters to choose candidates who support stricter gun laws. Terry Spencer, Fortune, 14 Feb. 2024 Though empirical evidence shows that EVs, by and large, are much less likely than vehicles with internal combustion engines to catch fire, that hasn’t stopped some municipal governments from placing strict limits on the places where EV batteries can be plugged in. IEEE Spectrum, 12 Feb. 2024 There’s no strict rule, and the key is to integrate humming into your routine in a way that feels natural and enjoyable. Gen Cleary, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2024 That case settled in 2019, with Georgette allegedly signing a strict non-disparagement clause. Bill Donahue, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Time Traveler
The first known use of strict was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Strict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strict. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

strict

adjective
1
: permitting no avoidance or escape
under strict orders
2
a
: kept with great care : absolute
strict secrecy
b
: carefully obeying rules or a code of conduct
3
: completely correct : exact, precise
in the strict meaning of the word
strictly adverb
strictness noun

Legal Definition

strict

adjective
1
: characterized by narrowness : not demonstrating a broad or liberal view
strict interpretation
2
a
: firm or rigid in requirement or control
b
: severe in discipline
3
a
: 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
strictly adverb

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