adjective, stricter, strictest.
characterized by or acting in close conformity to requirements or principles: a strict observance of rituals.
stringent or exacting in or in enforcing rules, requirements, obligations, etc.: strict laws; a strict judge.
closely or rigorously enforced or maintained: strict silence.
exact or precise: a strict statement of facts.
extremely defined or conservative; narrowly or carefully limited: a strict construction of the constitution.
close, careful, or minute: a strict search.
absolute, perfect, or complete; utmost: told in strict confidence.
stern; severe; austere: strict parents.
Obsolete. drawn tight or close.

1570–80; < Latin strictus, equivalent to strig-, variant stem of stringere to draw tight + -tus past participle suffix

strictness, noun
overstrict, adjective
superstrict, adjective
superstrictly, adverb
superstrictness, noun
unstrict, adjective
unstrictly, adverb
unstrictness, noun

1. narrow, illiberal, harsh, austere. 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. 4. accurate, scrupulous.

1. flexible, lax. Unabridged
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strict (strɪkt)
1.  adhering closely to specified rules, ordinances, etc: a strict faith
2.  complied with or enforced stringently; rigorous: a strict code of conduct
3.  severely correct in attention to rules of conduct or morality: a strict teacher
4.  (of a punishment, etc) harsh; severe
5.  (prenominal) complete; absolute: in strict secrecy
6.  of a relation logic, maths
 a.  proper See also ordering 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 identical
 b.  distinguished from a relation of the same name that is not the subject of formal study
7.  rare botany very straight, narrow, and upright: strict panicles
[C16: from Latin strictus, from stringere to draw tight]

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Word Origin & History

1592, "narrow, drawn in, small," from L. strictus "drawn together, tight, rigid," pp. of stringere "draw or bind tight" (see strain (v.)). The sense of "stringent and rigorous" (of law) is first found in 1578; of qualities or conditions generally, 1588.
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