- 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 strictest
Despite global unrest, the 2014 election may not be a “foreign policy election” in the strictest sense.Will World Chaos Sink the Dems?
Kristen Soltis Anderson
September 9, 2014
And it never seemed wrong, since I was copying myself and not even my strictest teachers had ever told me that was wrong.There’s Nothing Wrong—and a Lot That’s Right—About Copying Other Artists
January 26, 2014
Japan has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the world.The Great Japanese Gang Wars
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
June 25, 2013
In our country, the states with the strictest gun laws have the lowest rates of gun crime.Why the South Loves Guns
December 16, 2012
Iran was hit with some of the strictest sanctions ever imposed on a nation.Bibi’s Three Steps Forward, One Back
October 11, 2012
But the brothers keep every rule—of the strictest observance.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
He was respected by his neighbours, and held the strictest views on morality.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
The one and the many or others are reduced to their strictest arithmetical meaning.Parmenides
The Shore Lane was not a public road, in the strictest sense of the term.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
But in recent weeks—I tell you this in strictest confidence, understand!We're Friends, Now
- 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 strictest
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.