Definition of strict in English:


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Pronunciation: /strɪkt


  • 1Demanding that rules concerning behaviour are obeyed and observed: my father was very strict a strict upbringing
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    • It was a strict upbringing in which rules were sacrosanct, orders were obeyed without question and everyone knew their place.
    • His voice was hard and harsh, strict and stern, sad and happy all at the same time.
    • I was also concerned about how scarily strict the authorities down here are on drug use.
    stern, severe, harsh, uncompromising, authoritarian, firm, austere, illiberal, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, no-nonsense
    Australian/New Zealand informal solid
  • 1.1(Of a rule or discipline) demanding total obedience or observance; rigidly enforced: civil servants are bound by strict rules on secrecy
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    • Spitting in and littering of public places can be stopped by enforcing strict rules as well as fines and punishments.
    • Nowadays, strict regulations are enforced, banning any type of fishing in the immediate area.
    • Enforcing strict rules is the only option available for any vital change in our civic sense.
    stringent, rigorous, severe, harsh, hard, rigid, tough, extremeabsolute, utter, complete, total, perfect
  • 2(Of a person) following rules or beliefs exactly: a strict vegetarian
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    • Now I am a strict follower of this rule about no corporal punishment whatsoever.
    • People still have to learn why and how to support these strict followers of the Buddha.
    • And certainly a strict believer in the rule of law like this Supreme Court Justice would agree.


late Middle English (in the sense 'restricted in space or extent'): from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere 'tighten, draw tight'.

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