Definition of strict in English:



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

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

    ‘a strict vegetarian’
    • ‘And certainly a strict believer in the rule of law like this Supreme Court Justice would agree.’
    • ‘In spite of being a strict Muslim, she did not limit me to the Arabic schools, but sent me to a Catholic school.’
    • ‘People still have to learn why and how to support these strict followers of the Buddha.’
    • ‘Now I am a strict follower of this rule about no corporal punishment whatsoever.’
    • ‘And basic human empathy for anyone who isn't a strict member of their tribe is in short supply.’
    • ‘As I've said elsewhere, I'm quite strict in how I go about watching horror films.’
    • ‘And it is hard to argue with such a position if we agree that ‘very strict Muslims’ also have rights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But many resistance fighters are not strict Muslims, and do not pray.’
  • 3Exact in correspondence or adherence to something; not allowing or admitting deviation or relaxation.

    ‘a strict interpretation of the law’
    • ‘This group is unwavering in its strict literal interpretation of the Bible.’
    • ‘It is obviously impossible to love all men in any strict and true sense.’
    • ‘It turned out my concerns about strict rule interpretation were unfounded.’
    • ‘Successful treatment requires strict adherence to directions for application.’
    • ‘The strict reserve area of the Bialowieza forest has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1979.’
    • ‘Under a ‘stability pact’ they must maintain adherence to strict controls once they are in the system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We want strict adherence to the Constitution as was intended by the founding fathers.’
    • ‘While true in a strict sense, the fallacy is that most of the assumptions necessary for this argument to be true are not realistic.’
    • ‘By strict adherence to this schedule, he has been a successful, if tired, bigamist for three years.’
    • ‘Extra marks are awarded for neatness, good spelling and strict adherence to the curriculum.’
    • ‘Cham observe a fairly strict division of labor, with women caring for children and the household.’
    • ‘Reports that oil has never been higher priced are true in a strict sense, but they are heavily biased and not really accurate.’
    • ‘They demand a strict demarcation between police duties and intelligence duties.’
    • ‘The findings indicate that there are barriers to the care when patients are dying, including the strict adherence to hospital routine.’
    • ‘Due to its strict adherence to purity, learning Dhrupad is very difficult.’
    • ‘Although males may avoid each other on a temporal scale, this behavior is not strict territoriality.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.