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 strictness

strict

/ (strɪkt) /

adjective

Derived Forms

strictly, adverbstrictness, noun

Word Origin for strict

C16: from Latin strictus, from stringere to draw tight
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