Definition of strict in English:



  • 1Demanding that rules concerning behaviour are obeyed and observed:

    ‘my father was very strict’
    ‘a strict upbringing’
    • ‘James Sette's mother may well have had a strict and difficult upbringing, but at least she survived to have a life.’
    • ‘He was strict, almost Puritan in his religious beliefs, and passionate about protecting the country from Catholic threat.’
    • ‘I had a strict Islamic upbringing but I was also spoilt with many presents and toys as a young boy.’
    • ‘I was also concerned about how scarily strict the authorities down here are on drug use.’
    • ‘Most people try to put at least some distance between them and their parents, particularly if they've undergone a strict upbringing.’
    • ‘Her own domestic science lessons had been conducted by a very strict teacher.’
    • ‘Later a delegation demanded strict action from chief minister and state home minister.’
    • ‘The days of white starched aprons and strict matrons were relived when former nurse cadets staged a reunion.’
    • ‘During the Victorian lesson, Ms Roberts had the pupils reciting prayers by rote and kept the classroom atmosphere strict and formal.’
    • ‘One parent is too strict with the children, the other too easy-going.’
    • ‘It was a strict upbringing in which rules were sacrosanct, orders were obeyed without question and everyone knew their place.’
    • ‘Even though his parents were very strict, he learned to stick to his decisions even if his parents disagreed.’
    • ‘Luther had experienced an extremely strict and harsh childhood with little love or security.’
    • ‘When I was a kid I read books in the strangest of places, and under the cover reading was a good idea back in the days when parents were strict about bedtime.’
    • ‘The boys had obviously gotten a pretty strict upbringing both at home and at school.’
    • ‘He was a strict and severe man but with no political ambitions.’
    • ‘My parents were strict, and at the time I didn't agree with everything they did.’
    • ‘His voice was hard and harsh, strict and stern, sad and happy all at the same time.’
    • ‘The years passed, and the king remained distant and strict, his land cold and harsh.’
    • ‘I glanced at Kristy but didn't get a chance to ask her if the Coach always looked that serious and strict.’
    stern, severe, harsh, uncompromising, authoritarian, firm, austere, illiberal, inflexible, unyielding, unbending, no-nonsense
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    1. 1.1 (of a rule or discipline) demanding total obedience or observance; rigidly enforced:
      ‘civil servants are bound by strict rules on secrecy’
      • ‘Families are expected to sign up for a strict behaviour code, including no returning drunk late at night or noisiness.’
      • ‘They also passed strict behavioral screenings and were picked from 200 candidates.’
      • ‘Enforcing strict rules is the only option available for any vital change in our civic sense.’
      • ‘The foreign mujahideen still in Jolan imposed strict Islamic codes of behavior on the neighborhood.’
      • ‘We treat this as a matter of the utmost importance, since we have a comprehensive, strict and unbending set of standards to miss.’
      • ‘The military has strict codes of behaviour and specific challenges.’
      • ‘Free from the strict discipline of military training, she threw herself into university life with abandon.’
      • ‘All parties were supposed to be observing a strict media blackout.’
      • ‘In the past our society imposed very strict codes of behavior, biased especially against women.’
      • ‘This logic was embraced by both anarchists and populists, and imposed a number of strict conditions on the behaviour of terrorists.’
      • ‘However, in Europe too, there are strict rules about behaviour on the slopes.’
      • ‘The government operated a strict code of behaviour, with hefty fines for anyone caught littering public places.’
      • ‘Buddhist monks observe a strict code of conduct in order to discipline the body and mind.’
      • ‘They were taught by Pythagoras himself and obeyed strict rules.’
      • ‘In addition to the lack of data, a strict code of silence concerning homosexual priests has been imposed.’
      • ‘The councils are concerned that the strict rules which safeguard the public purse and which the councils themselves have to follow are not in place.’
      • ‘Spitting in and littering of public places can be stopped by enforcing strict rules as well as fines and punishments.’
      • ‘But we are concerned about the strict time limits which we believe apply in this case.’
      • ‘Nowadays, strict regulations are enforced, banning any type of fishing in the immediate area.’
      • ‘He said it was caused by a minority who could not get into the club, which operates a strict dress and behaviour code.’
      absolute, utter, complete, total, perfect
      stringent, rigorous, severe, harsh, hard, rigid, tough, extreme
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  • 2(of a person) following rules or beliefs exactly:

    ‘a strict vegetarian’
    • ‘People still have to learn why and how to support these strict followers of the Buddha.’
    • ‘And basic human empathy for anyone who isn't a strict member of their tribe is in short supply.’
    • ‘Ateeq's close friend Saud Pervez met and fell in love with Shahida Younis, a young woman who had been brought up a strict Muslim.’
    • ‘And certainly a strict believer in the rule of law like this Supreme Court Justice would agree.’
    • ‘But many resistance fighters are not strict Muslims, and do not pray.’
    • ‘As I've said elsewhere, I'm quite strict in how I go about watching horror films.’
    • ‘Now I am a strict follower of this rule about no corporal punishment whatsoever.’
    • ‘Hence the ultra strict formalist can never be sure that all of maths doesn't collapse.’
    • ‘And more to the point, I'm very strict about going Dutch, so that's even more money.’
    • ‘In spite of being a strict Muslim, she did not limit me to the Arabic schools, but sent me to a Catholic school.’
    • ‘And it is hard to argue with such a position if we agree that ‘very strict Muslims’ also have rights.’
  • 3Exact in correspondence or adherence to something; not allowing or admitting deviation or relaxation:

    ‘a strict interpretation of the law’
    • ‘Reports that oil has never been higher priced are true in a strict sense, but they are heavily biased and not really accurate.’
    • ‘Under a ‘stability pact’ they must maintain adherence to strict controls once they are in the system.’
    • ‘Successful treatment requires strict adherence to directions for application.’
    • ‘The findings indicate that there are barriers to the care when patients are dying, including the strict adherence to hospital routine.’
    • ‘The strict reserve area of the Bialowieza forest has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1979.’
    • ‘By strict adherence to this schedule, he has been a successful, if tired, bigamist for three years.’
    • ‘Insiders in the strict sense are those connected with a company.’
    • ‘Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset.’
    • ‘Due to its strict adherence to purity, learning Dhrupad is very difficult.’
    • ‘Extra marks are awarded for neatness, good spelling and strict adherence to the curriculum.’
    • ‘This group is unwavering in its strict literal interpretation of the Bible.’
    • ‘Cham observe a fairly strict division of labor, with women caring for children and the household.’
    • ‘They demand a strict demarcation between police duties and intelligence duties.’
    • ‘It turned out my concerns about strict rule interpretation were unfounded.’
    • ‘While true in a strict sense, the fallacy is that most of the assumptions necessary for this argument to be true are not realistic.’
    • ‘It is obviously impossible to love all men in any strict and true sense.’
    • ‘We want strict adherence to the Constitution as was intended by the founding fathers.’
    • ‘The second deficiency is concerned with the overly strict definition of selective neutrality.’
    • ‘The Swazi demand strict adherence to rules concerned with kinship and political hierarchy.’
    • ‘Although males may avoid each other on a temporal scale, this behavior is not strict territoriality.’
    precise, exact, literal, close, faithful, true, accurate, unerring, scrupulous, careful, meticulous, rigorous, stringent
    orthodox, fundamentalist, conservative, traditional
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘restricted in space or extent’): from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere tighten, draw tight.