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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rigorous, strictadjective

    rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard

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

  2. hard-and-fast, strictadjective

    (of rules) stringently enforced

    "hard-and-fast rules"

  3. nonindulgent, strictadjective

    characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint

  4. rigid, strictadjective

    incapable of compromise or flexibility

  5. stern, strict, exactingadjective

    severe and unremitting in making demands

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


  1. strictadjective

    Strained; drawn close; tight.

  2. strictadjective

    Tense; not relaxed.

    strict fiber

  3. strictadjective

    Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice.

  4. strictadjective

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

    very strict in observing the Sabbath

  5. strictadjective

    Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted.

    to understand words in a strict sense

  6. strictadjective

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

  7. strictadjective

    Severe in discipline.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STRICTadjective

    Etymology: strictus, Latin.

    Thou’lt fall into deception unaware,
    Not keeping strictest watch. John Milton.

    As legions in the field their front display,
    To try the fortune of some doubtful day,
    And move to meet their foes with sober pace,
    Strict to their figure, though in wider space. Dryden.

    He checks the bold design;
    And rules as strict his labour’d works confine,
    As if the Stagyrite o’erlook’d each line. Alexander Pope.

    Implore her, in my voice, that she make friends
    To the strict deputy. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    Thy will
    By nature free, not over-rul’d by fate
    Inextricable, or strict necessity. John Milton.

    If a strict hand be kept over children from the beginning, they will in that age be tractable; and if, as they grow up, the rigour be, as they deserve it, gently relaxed, former restraints will increase their love. John Locke.

    Numa the rites of strict religion knew;
    On ev’ry altar laid the incense due. Matthew Prior.

    As they took the compass of their commission stricter or larger, so their dealings were more or less moderate. Richard Hooker.

    The god, with speedy pace,
    Just thought to strain her in a strict embrace. Dryden.

    The fatal noose performed its office, and with most strict ligature squeezed the blood into his face. Arbuthnot.

    We feel our fibres grow strict or lax according to the state of the air. Arbuthnot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strictadjective

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

  2. Strictadjective

    tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber

  3. Strictadjective

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

  4. Strictadjective

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

  5. Strictadjective

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

  6. Strictadjective

    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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strict

    strikt, adj. exact: extremely nice: observing exact rules, regular: severe: restricted, taken strictly: thoroughly accurate: tense, stiff: closely intimate: absolute, unbroken: constricted.—n. Stric′tion.—adv. Strict′ly, narrowly, closely, rigorously, exclusively.—ns. Strict′ness; Strict′ure (surg.), an unnatural contraction, either congenital or acquired, of a mucous canal, such as the urethra, œsophagus, or intestine: an unfavourable criticism: censure: critical remark. [L. strictus, pa.p. of stringĕre, to draw tight. Cf. Strain and Stringent.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. strict

    Exact, severe, rigorous; the contrary to mild, indulgent. Hence, a strict officer. It is sometimes used in a bad sense, to signify a petulant, troublesome commander.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strict in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of strict in a Sentence

  1. Fumie Kyo:

    The general public might think, 'Why was such a person let loose?' but forcible commitment is against the person's will so the conditions should be strict.

  2. Michael Moore:

    Congress shall have a well-regulated system for the extremely limited ownership of firearms and weapons, and they will make laws regarding ammunition, capacity, storage, locks, registration, the vetting of the owner, strict minimum-age requirements, all of which are necessary to the security of a free state and the right of the people to be kept safe from gun violence, the people’s right to not be shot, or threatened, by those who bear arms shall not be infringed.

  3. Anthony Fauci:

    In the United States, even in the most strict lockdowns, only about 50 % of the country locked down -- that allowed for the perpetuation of the outbreak, which we never did get under very good control.

  4. Kim Kardashian:

    I would wear a sauna suit twice a day, run on the treadmill, completely cut out all sugar and all carbs, and just eat the cleanest veggies and protein, i didn't starve Kim Kardashian, but I was so strict.

  5. Richard Samuels:

    The conditions imposed in the legislation and during the extended debate make it very clear that there will be real limits on what Japan can do and when, it loosens to some degree constraints on some military behavior, but it ... does so under very strict conditions.

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