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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.


  1. strict

    Strict refers to a meticulous adherence to rules, guidelines, or standards. It suggests a lack of flexibility or leniency, demanding precise conformity or obedience. In a broader sense, it can also refer to anything that is tightly bound or clearly defined, without deviation or ambiguity.

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. James Hu:

    China has one rule that it's particularly strict on - the captain must be the last one to leave the ship, if the leader of the ship is not the last to leave the ship, it is a jailable offence.

  2. Takeshi Onaga:

    We've heard 'strict enforcement of discipline' and 'thorough steps to stop recurrence' hundreds of times over the past several decades, but that nothing has changed.

  3. Norman Fried:

    There is a greater need for strict and stringent bans of public events that total more than 1,000 persons. Businesses large and small must ease the rules governing compensation for American workers who take time off for sick days, elderly and infirm in America need to be attended to more vigilantly, aggressively and carefully before young members the population are attended to.

  4. Jim Montague:

    We have strict orders from our lawyers (not to comment), soon enough, I'd love to tell the other side of the story. It's ridiculous, why he's expelled. It's probably going to set some sort of precedent. We're trying to do things the gentleman's way, so we're keeping things close-knit. But you guys will get a story.

  5. Robert Bruce Slater:

    A strict no-tolerance policy is probably the best strategy, if students know they are going to be expelled, suspended or have their financial aid cut if they participate in racist behavior, it is likely students would think twice before acting in an offensive manner.

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