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strictly

[strikt-lee] /ˈstrɪkt li/
adverb
1.
in a strict manner; rigorously; stringently:
strictly enforced.
2.
precisely or candidly; factually:
strictly speaking.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; strict + -ly
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  • Foreign contacts and travel were strictly limited, and research stagnated.
  • Only in their third junior year will students be judged strictly on academic performance.
  • Nothing happens in this little book that is strictly speaking impossible.
  • Cross-jurisdictional legal work is strictly regulated.
  • strictly speaking, his invention is not so much self-erasing ink as self-erasing paper.
  • At present nursing and residential care of the elderly are strictly means-tested.
  • But all such operations are strictly limited and usually subdued by red tape.
  • The strictly theatrical value of the plays does not much concern us here.
  • The degree of sterility does not strictly follow systematic affinity, but is governed by several curious and complex laws.
  • strictly speaking, a cake and butter should be given, but it is seldom done.
Word Origin and History for strictly
adv.

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

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