Definition of sensu stricto in English:

sensu stricto

Line breaks: sensu stricto
Pronunciation: /ˌsɛnsuː ˈstrɪktəʊ


Strictly speaking; in the narrow sense: the process was one of substitution rather than change sensu stricto
More example sentences
  • Earthquake seismology may be divided into seismicity - the study of earthquake distribution and mechanisms - and seismology sensu stricto - the use of earthquakes to probe the interior structure of the Earth.
  • It must be noted, however, that the Avalonian affinity of some of these regions is not universally accepted and thus it might be argued that not all of the published results can be directly applied to the Avalon terrane sensu stricto.
  • Your reviewer is not a biogeographer by profession and it may have been presumptuous of me to review this book, but my rationale is that the contents transcend Biogeography sensu stricto.


Latin, 'in the restricted sense'.

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