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strict

[ strikt ]
/ strɪkt /
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adjective, strict·er, strict·est.
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Origin of strict

First recorded in 1570–80; from Latin strictus, equivalent to strig-, variant stem of stringere “to draw tight” + -tus past participle suffix

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1. 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for strict

strict
/ (strɪkt) /

adjective

Derived forms of strict

strictly, adverbstrictness, noun

Word Origin for strict

C16: from Latin strictus, from stringere to draw tight
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