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strictly

[strikt-lee]
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  1. in a strict manner; rigorously; stringently: strictly enforced.
  2. precisely or candidly; factually: strictly speaking.
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Origin of strictly

First recorded in 1480–90; strict + -ly
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Related Words

closelyrigorouslystringentlysurelyfactually

Examples from the Web for strictly

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Historical Examples

  • "My intentions with regard to Dick are strictly honourable," she remarked.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • And yet, if the law is strictly interpreted, the offender is liable.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • But, heretofore, his promises had been of a strictly business nature.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • This General Conference was strictly a clerical organization.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.

    Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)

  • The first strictly commercial transactions were with the Indians.


Word Origin and History for strictly

adv.

late 15c., from strict + -ly (2).

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