Definition of Strict

1. Adjective. Rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard. "A strict vegetarian"

Exact synonyms: Rigorous
Similar to: Exact
Derivative terms: Rigor, Rigorousness, Strictness

2. Adjective. (of rules) stringently enforced. "Hard-and-fast rules"
Exact synonyms: Hard-and-fast
Similar to: Invariable
Derivative terms: Strictness

3. Adjective. Characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint.

4. Adjective. Incapable of compromise or flexibility.
Exact synonyms: Rigid
Similar to: Intolerant
Derivative terms: Rigidity, Rigidness, Strictness

5. Adjective. Severe and unremitting in making demands. "Strict standards"
Exact synonyms: Exacting, Stern
Similar to: Demanding
Derivative terms: Sternness, Strictness

Definition of Strict

1. a. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature.

Definition of Strict

1. Adjective. Strained; drawn close; tight. ¹

2. Adjective. Tense; not relaxed. ¹

3. Adjective. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice. ¹

4. Adjective. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous. ¹

5. Adjective. Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted. ¹

6. Adjective. (botany) Upright, or straight and narrow; — said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters. ¹

7. Adjective. Severe in discipline. ¹

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Definition of Strict

1. kept within narrow and specific limits [adj STRICTER, STRICTEST] : STRICTLY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Strict

stricken through
strict (current term)
strict-sense stationary
strict implication
strict implications
strict vegetarian
strictly better
strictly decreasing function
strictly decreasing functions
strictly increasing function

Literary usage of Strict

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1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Frank Hesketh Peters (1886)
"So much, then, for the question whether the i and in the we strict incontinent man knows or not, and in what sense it ..."

2. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1908)
"It was not until some considerable time after the invention of printing that the laws of strict Counterpoint were given to the world in the form of a ..."

3. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"So much, then, for the question whether the i and in the \ the strict I incontinent man knows or not, and in what sense it ..."

4. Concise Precedents in Conveyancing: With Practical Notes and with by Madgwick George Davidson, Samuel Wadsworth, Charles Davidson (1899)
"_ Devise in strict I DEVISE all my real estate (1>) (except what I otherwise tin; testator's dispose Of DV this 111V Will) TO THE USE OI Illy SOU, UK, ..."

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