- characterized by or acting in close conformity to requirements or principles: a strict observance of rituals.
- stringent or exacting in or in enforcing rules, requirements, obligations, etc.: strict laws; a strict judge.
- closely or rigorously enforced or maintained: strict silence.
- exact or precise: a strict statement of facts.
- extremely defined or conservative; narrowly or carefully limited: a strict construction of the Constitution.
- close, careful, or minute: a strict search.
- absolute, perfect, or complete; utmost: told in strict confidence.
- stern; severe; austere: strict parents.
- Obsolete. drawn tight or close.
Origin of strict
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Examples from the Web for strict
The ad would then count as a coordinated communication and would be subject to strict spending limits.
First, it would reduce the kinds of ads that would be subject to strict limits.
People often forget that the National Panhellenic council used to enforce racial segregation by means of strict codes and laws.Stepford Sororities: The Pressures of USC’s Greek Life
Maya Richard Craven
November 17, 2014
Free from strict rules, Japanese distillers are making innovative, artful concoctions.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise
November 16, 2014
But beyond the strict realm of national security, the Arctic is becoming increasingly important to Russia economically.Russia Preps Its North Pole Invasion
November 8, 2014
I mention it as the friend of both parties, and in strict confidence.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
He was a man of great business ability, and of strict integrity.Cleveland Past and Present
But he also learned stern, strict obedience, such as it was impossible for him to forget.A Dish Of Orts
This was Sunday; but he was not so strict in his ideas concerning the day as most of his parishioners.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
The strict rules of the house had seemed to her intolerable.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- adhering closely to specified rules, ordinances, etca strict faith
- complied with or enforced stringently; rigorousa strict code of conduct
- severely correct in attention to rules of conduct or moralitya strict teacher
- (of a punishment, etc) harsh; severe
- (prenominal) complete; absolutein strict secrecy
- logic maths (of a relation)
- applying more narrowly than some other relation often given the same name, as strict inclusion, which holds only between pairs of sets that are distinct, while simple inclusion permits the case in which they are identicalSee also proper (def. 9), ordering
- distinguished from a relation of the same name that is not the subject of formal study
- botany rare very straight, narrow, and uprightstrict panicles
Word Origin and History for strict
1590s, "narrow, drawn in, small," from Latin strictus "drawn together, tight, rigid," past participle of stringere "draw or bind tight" (see strain (v.)). The sense of "stringent and rigorous" (of law) is first found in 1570s; of qualities or conditions generally, 1580s.