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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Precise; exact: a strict definition.
  • adj. Complete; absolute: strict loyalty.
  • adj. Kept within narrowly specific limits: a strict application of a law.
  • adj. Rigorous in the imposition of discipline: a strict parent.
  • adj. Exacting in enforcement, observance, or requirement: strict standards. See Synonyms at severe.
  • adj. Conforming completely to established rule, principle, or condition: a strict vegetarian.
  • adj. Botany Stiff, narrow, and upright.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Strained; drawn close; tight.
  • adj. Tense; not relaxed.
  • adj. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice.
  • adj. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous.
  • adj. Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted.
  • adj. Upright, or straight and narrow; — said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.
  • adj. Severe in discipline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Strained; drawn close; tight.
  • adj. Tense; not relaxed.
  • adj. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice.
  • adj. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous.
  • adj. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted.
  • adj. Upright, or straight and narrow; -- said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drawn tight; tight; close: as, a strict ligature.
  • Tense; stiff: as, a strict or lax fiber.
  • Narrow; restricted; confined; strait.
  • Close; intimate.
  • Absolute; unbroken: as, strict silence.
  • Exact; accurate; careful; rigorously nice: as, words taken in their strictest sense; a strict command.
  • Exacting; rigorous; severe; rigid: as, strict in keeping the Sabbath; a strict disciplinarian.
  • Restricted; taken strictly, narrowly, or exclusively: as, a strict generic or specific diagnosis.
  • In zoology, constricted; narrow or close; straitened; not loose or diffuse: as, the strict stem of some corals.
  • In botany, close or narrow and upright: opposed to lax: said of a stem or an inflorescence.
  • In music, regular; exactly according to rule; without liberties: as, a strict canon or fugue.
  • Synonyms Close, scrupulous, critical.
  • Severe, Rigorous, etc. See austere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. severe and unremitting in making demands
  • adj. characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
  • adj. incapable of compromise or flexibility
  • adj. (of rules) stringently enforced
  • adj. rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard

Etymologies

Middle English stricte, narrow, small, from Latin strictus, tight, strict, past participle of stringere, to draw tight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin strictus, past participle of stringere ("to draw tight, bind, contract"); see stringent, strain. (Wiktionary)

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