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[strikt-lee] /ˈstrɪkt li/
in a strict manner; rigorously; stringently:
strictly enforced.
precisely or candidly; factually:
strictly speaking.
Origin of strictly
1480-90; strict + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The school is strictly a court of the Temple, a porch outside the Sanctuary.

    Public School Education Michael Mller
  • As applied to her, the term: coveralls, regulation, gray was strictly a euphemism.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • All that the witnesses swore on my behalf was strictly true, for I would much rather die than be the occasion of perjury.

  • Their expression should be strictly conformable to his subject.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • It was, strictly speaking, my duty; but I felt timid; I could not help shirking it, and insisted that Caroline should go down.

Word Origin and History for strictly

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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