Definition of strictly in English:


Line breaks: strict¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈstrɪk(t)li


  • 1In a way that involves rigid enforcement or that demands obedience: he’s been brought up strictly
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    • Chirac declared that entry points into EU countries would have to be much more strictly controlled and demanded consistent procedures to combat people smugglers.
    • It supports ongoing audit initiatives by ensuring controls and policies are strictly enforced, in order to ensure compliance across the enterprise.
    • Restoration of the diploid stage is often strictly controlled and brings together products separated at the first meiotic division.
  • 2Used to indicate that one is applying words or rules exactly or rigidly: [sentence adverb]: strictly speaking, ham is a cured, cooked leg of pork [as submodifier]: to be strictly accurate, there are two Wolvertons
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    • In other words, strictly speaking, there are no irreversible processes.
    • More strictly speaking, the word nebula should be reserved for gas and dust clouds and not for groups of stars.
    • The " no work, no pay " rule has been strictly applied to workers who strike illegally.
  • 2.1With no exceptions; completely or absolutely: these foods are strictly forbidden
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    • Now strictly separate absolute necessary spending, like food, heating, etc, from optional stuff, like entertainment and holidays.
    • Leave your instrument strictly alone except when necessary.
    • Exchanges of goods and services except through him are strictly forbidden.
  • 2.2No more than; purely: that visit was strictly business his attitude and manner were strictly professional
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    • The conference ran on strictly professional lines.
    • I agreed with him on some things, disagreed on many more, but it was all strictly business - I never hated him, or even particularly disliked him.
    • People are learning English as a second language - that is, as a business language, strictly communicative and idiom-neutral.

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