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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"


  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".

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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How to say strict in sign language?

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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. Jaime Reyes:

    Mohammad is very strict.

  2. Luu Trung Thai:

    We've been strict with lending.

  3. James A. Murphy III:

    mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice

  4. Taimy Cruz:

    We have to be extra careful, they are very strict now.

  5. Jean Lee:

    North Korea has a very strict and very extensive penal code.

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