Definitions for strictstrɪkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

strictstrɪkt(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. closely conforming to requirements or principles:

    a strict observance of rituals.

  2. stringent; exacting:

    strict laws; a strict judge.

  3. rigorously enforced:

    strict silence.

  4. exact; precise:

    in the strict sense of the word.

  5. narrowly or carefully limited:

    a strict construction of the Constitution.

  6. absolute; complete:

    strict confidence.

  7. Archaic. drawn tight.

Origin of strict:

1570–80; < L strictus, ptp. of stringere to draw tight


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rigorous, strict(adj)

    rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard

    "rigorous application of the law"; "a strict vegetarian"

  2. hard-and-fast, strict(adj)

    (of rules) stringently enforced

    "hard-and-fast rules"

  3. nonindulgent, strict(adj)

    characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint

  4. rigid, strict(adj)

    incapable of compromise or flexibility

  5. stern, strict, exacting(adj)

    severe and unremitting in making demands

    "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. strict(adjective)ɪkt

    punishing people severely for not obeying rules or laws

    strict drug laws; My teacher is very strict about not talking in class.

  2. strictɪkt

    obeying the rules of a belief closely

    a strict believer in limiting the federal government; a strict Catholic/Muslim/Jew

  3. strictɪkt

    relating to the exact or true meaning of a word or words

    a strict interpretation of the law; We're not conservative in the strictest sense of the word.


  1. strict(Adjective)

    Strained; drawn close; tight.

  2. strict(Adjective)

    Tense; not relaxed.

    strict fiber

  3. strict(Adjective)

    Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice.

  4. strict(Adjective)

    Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous.

    very strict in observing the Sabbath

  5. strict(Adjective)

    Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted.

    to understand words in a strict sense

  6. strict(Adjective)

    Upright, or straight and narrow; u2014 said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.

  7. strict(Adjective)

    Severe in discipline.

  8. Origin: From strictus, past participle of stringere; see stringent, strain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strict(adj)

    strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature

  2. Strict(adj)

    tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber

  3. Strict(adj)

    exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention

  4. Strict(adj)

    governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath

  5. Strict(adj)

    rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense

  6. Strict(adj)

    upright, or straight and narrow; -- said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters


  1. Strict

    In mathematical writing, the adjective strict is used to modify technical terms which have multiple meanings. It indicates that the exclusive meaning of the term is to be understood. The opposite is non-strict. This is often implicit but can be put explicitly for clarity. In some contexts the word "proper" is used as a mathematical synonym for "strict".

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strict' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4432

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strict' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4584

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'strict' in Adjectives Frequency: #523

Translations for strict

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


severe, stern, and compelling obedience

This class needs a strict teacher; His parents were very strict with him; The school rules are too strict; strict orders.

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