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, extreme
absolute, 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.
3Exact in correspondence or adherence to something; not allowing or admitting deviation or relaxation: a strict interpretation of the law
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  • While true in a strict sense, the fallacy is that most of the assumptions necessary for this argument to be true are not realistic.
  • It is obviously impossible to love all men in any strict and true sense.
  • This group is unwavering in its strict literal interpretation of the Bible.
orthodox, fundamentalist, conservative, traditional;
devout, conscientious, true, religious


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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