Meaning of STRICT in English

ˈstrikt adjective

( -er/-est )

Etymology: Latin strictus, past participle of stringere to draw tight, press together — more at strain

1. : particularly severe in requirement : permitting no evasion

had always been under the strictest orders not to enter — T.B.Costain

the only court in equity capable of overruling strict law — Henry Adams

2. : maintained absolutely without deviation : complete , thorough

had been meeting his two friends only in strict secrecy — Upton Sinclair

occupy the position of strict neutrality — E.M.Coulter

3. archaic : drawn close : tight

she wildly breaketh from their strict embrace — Shakespeare


a. botany : of upright erect habit

a strict stem or plant

: being straight and not lax or drooping

a strict inflorescence

b. biology : obligate

5. : rigorous in exercising control : severely disciplinary

though strict in some ways she had shown herself unexpectedly lenient in others — Archibald Marshall


a. archaic : compressed in extent : constricted , narrow

b. : closely restricted

remained in strict custody

7. archaic : close , intimate

there never was a more strict friendship — Richard Steele

8. : inflexibly adhered to : firmly maintained

demanded stricter discipline — E.W.Parks

held his pupils under strict control — L.M.Crosbie

congestion … makes strict supervision of speed imperative — American Guide Series: Rhode Island

9. : characterized by severityt : rigorously austere

aren't half so strict now about mourning as they used to be — Arnold Bennett

10. : completely accurate : exact , precise

in the strict sense of the word every writer … deals with life — M.R.Cohen

aim at strict historical accuracy — G.G.Coulton

11. : conforming closely to a set pattern : adhering rigidly to a conventionally fixed norm

a development of several centuries into a strict form — T.S.Eliot

the opera is written in the strict twelve-tone style — K.H.Wörner

the verse … for all its freedom and variety, is nevertheless very strict — F.R.Leavis

12. : unswerving in conformance to principle

an earnest and a strict Moslem — W.N.Ewer

regarded as uncanonical by all strict churchmen — F.M.Stenton

Synonyms: see rigid

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