adjective, strict·er, strict·est.
Origin of strict
Examples from the Web for strictness
South Carolina relaxed the strictness of its ID law, and a bipartisan court unanimously approved it.Why Judge Posner Changed His Mind On Voter ID Laws|Richard L. Hasen|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was verse of this kind which, as Mr. Gosse observes, justified the introduction of the heroic couplet in all its strictness.English Verse|Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.
She ruled her brood with the utmost coolness and strictness.The Promised Land|Mary Antin
Almost all fallacies, therefore, might in strictness be brought under our fifth class, Fallacies of Confusion.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive|John Stuart Mill
Corrupta est disciplina castrorum, ut tu corrector emendatorque contingeres; the former by strictness, the latter by wisdom.Dderlein's Hand-book of Latin Synonymes|Ludwig Dderlein
In this moment of stress she thanked God for the strictness with which her father had insisted on athletic training.When the Cock Crows|Waldron Baily
British Dictionary definitions for strictness
- 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
Word Origin for strict
Word Origin and History for strictness
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.