strict

[ strikt ]
/ strɪkt /

adjective, strict·er, strict·est.

Origin of strict

1570–80; < Latin strictus, equivalent to strig-, variant stem of stringere to draw tight + -tus past participle suffix
SYNONYMS FOR strict
1 narrow, illiberal, harsh, austere. Strict, rigid, rigorous, stringent imply inflexibility, severity, and an exacting quality. Strict implies great exactness, especially in the observance or enforcement of rules: strict discipline. Rigid, literally stiff or unbending, applies to that which is (often unnecessarily or narrowly) inflexible: rigid economy. Rigorous, with the same literal meaning, applies to that which is severe, exacting, and uncompromising, especially in action or application: rigorous self-denial. Stringent applies to that which is vigorously exacting and severe: stringent measures to suppress disorder.
4 accurate, scrupulous.
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British Dictionary definitions for strict

strict

/ (strɪkt) /

adjective

Derived Formsstrictly, adverbstrictness, noun

Word Origin for strict

C16: from Latin strictus, from stringere to draw tight
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Word Origin and History for strict

strict


adj.

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.

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