Definition of strictly in US English:

strictly

adverb

  • 1In a way that involves rigid enforcement or that demands obedience.

    ‘he's been brought up strictly’
    • ‘While loving the life of a playgirl on Mustique, she also demanded that protocol be strictly observed.’
    • ‘Chirac declared that entry points into EU countries would have to be much more strictly controlled and demanded consistent procedures to combat people smugglers.’
    • ‘Mauritanian society is strictly divided into a rigid caste system that flies in the face of the country's supposed march towards political liberalisation.’
    • ‘No longer are our children required to learn to think, but only to memorize, with the material to be memorized strictly controlled by teachers, school boards, and religious groups.’
    • ‘The media is strictly controlled, and foreign publications are routinely censored or banned.’
    • ‘The government strictly enforces price controls on basic items as well as rent control laws, that help low-income people get by.’
    • ‘‘Access to an airport restricted zone where this robbery took place should be strictly controlled,’ the spokesman said.’
    • ‘But it was not easy to ask a doctor to make a home visit to a terminally ill patient because medicines used to relieve pain - such as morphine - are strictly controlled.’
    • ‘The size and location of supermarkets is strictly controlled.’
    • ‘Restoration of the diploid stage is often strictly controlled and brings together products separated at the first meiotic division.’
    • ‘This usage ‘problem’ applies also to vaccines for childhood illnesses, where the total lifetime demand is strictly limited to a fixed number of doses per child.’
    • ‘It supports ongoing audit initiatives by ensuring controls and policies are strictly enforced, in order to ensure compliance across the enterprise.’
    • ‘Added to this, all opposition parties remain banned (the President got a 98% vote) and the Internet is strictly controlled.’
    • ‘The sale of these chemicals is strictly controlled by the international chemical weapons convention, to which Britain is a signatory, and any sale to nations that may use them as a weapon of war is illegal.’
    • ‘Beijing strictly controls the prices companies can charge for their products, always keeping them low enough to maintain growth regardless of international crude oil prices.’
    • ‘But it insists that these programmes be carefully targeted, strictly enforced, and rigorously evaluated.’
    • ‘Although demand is soaring, they are still not strictly enforceable in English and Welsh courts, though judges may taken them into account.’
    • ‘‘Whenever excise goods are sold in the country, the payment of excise taxes will be strictly controlled,’ Al-Dejburi said.’
    • ‘This detour only serves to underscore Leigh's message at the expense of the film's continuity and flow - which is strictly rigid to begin with.’
    • ‘A report on the current situation says that no infected animals or people have been found in Bulgaria, and imports from neighbouring countries are strictly controlled.’
    harshly, strictly, sternly, rigorously, relentlessly, mercilessly, pitilessly, oppressively, repressively, roughly, sharply, with an iron hand, with a rod of iron
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  • 2Used to indicate that one is applying words or rules exactly or rigidly.

    sentence adverb ‘strictly speaking, ham is a cured, cooked leg of pork’
    as submodifier ‘to be strictly accurate, there are two Wolvertons’
    • ‘More strictly speaking, the word nebula should be reserved for gas and dust clouds and not for groups of stars.’
    • ‘The " no work, no pay " rule has been strictly applied to workers who strike illegally.’
    • ‘Not all these are strictly speaking political blogs, but then again, politics isn't just what happens in Canberra or Washington D.C…’
    • ‘These have also been coded as zero to denote missing data, though strictly speaking their failure to reply is more indicative of the question not being applicable to them.’
    • ‘In the case of homonymy it could be argued that we are dealing, strictly speaking, with two different words which happen to share the same phonological form.’
    • ‘Dealers have some latitude in how strictly to apply certain rules.’
    • ‘In some areas, women are supposed to wear long-hemmed skirts, but this rule is not strictly applied.’
    • ‘Bolton Abbey is perhaps Wharfedale's most famous landmark, however, strictly speaking this name relates only to the attractive village adjacent to the ruins of Bolton Priory.’
    • ‘Why did both card designers tag the architecture in this landscape with encryptions of Irishness that are not, strictly speaking, accurate?’
    • ‘In those arenas in which segregation was either law or custom, it was applied strictly and rigidly.’
    • ‘It is somewhat difficult to compare the standard of proof required because the evidentiary rules are not strictly applied before a disciplinary tribunal.’
    • ‘The government, elected after all on a promise not to raise taxes, has, strictly speaking, kept its word.’
    • ‘My understanding is that a letter has been written to the Court indicating that it will do it - strictly speaking, this application is an ex parte application.’
    • ‘Although the organisation is, strictly speaking, a development and not an emergency relief agency, distinctions like that pale when faced with the scale of such a disaster.’
    • ‘As far as we know, only Cornuet et al. and Nielsen et al. strictly applied this rule and considered a testing data set.’
    • ‘In my opinion, it was not intended that the provincial court judge strictly apply the rules of evidence.’
    • ‘Here again Alter's version is more literary and, strictly speaking, more accurate.’
    • ‘The risk is that accounting firms will apply rules so strictly that financial reports become less useful to investors.’
    • ‘In other words, strictly speaking, there are no irreversible processes.’
    • ‘This particular hillside is locally referred to as Wet Rain Hill, though strictly speaking the name also applies to the entire hill on which the village is built.’
    1. 2.1 With no exceptions; completely or absolutely.
      ‘these foods are strictly forbidden’
      • ‘Oh, and this information is strictly confidential.’
      • ‘Since when is information strictly limited to the internet?’
      • ‘Elbows bent, head turning constantly, he knocked the ball repeatedly to midfielders, never using more force than strictly necessary.’
      • ‘Each ant colony without exception complies strictly with the caste system.’
      • ‘There are plenty of government leaders who believe that in a time of war, even undeclared war, government information must be strictly shielded from the eyes of the enemy.’
      • ‘All affected players were identified by name, and all information was kept strictly confidential.’
      • ‘The law strictly forbids anyone except us even reaching out to touch this.’
      • ‘Although pruning isn't strictly necessary for deciduous berberis and cotoneaster, they can be thinned out by one third in February to keep then within bounds.’
      • ‘However, the company said it was strictly not allowed to comment on the issue, which is believed to be related to an inquiry by the Financial Services Authority which found that the company broke Stock Market rules.’
      • ‘Her face sets like quick-drying cement and she imparts information strictly on a need-to-know basis.’
      • ‘Now strictly separate absolute necessary spending, like food, heating, etc, from optional stuff, like entertainment and holidays.’
      • ‘The script metes out information on a strictly need-to-know basis, and yet by the end we still haven't been filled in completely.’
      • ‘Pornography, illegal activity, political propaganda or hate in any form are strictly forbidden.’
      • ‘Under Canadian privacy laws, health information requests are strictly confidential.’
      • ‘One special school, with children as young as five, generally only touched when it was strictly necessary and avoided ‘caring touching’.’
      • ‘This information was kept strictly to herself, for amusement and a means to get out of trouble.’
      • ‘Leave your instrument strictly alone except when necessary.’
      • ‘Exchanges of goods and services except through him are strictly forbidden.’
      • ‘She quoted the Data Protection Act and stated all information is strictly confidential.’
      • ‘This date will be strictly adhered to with exceptions being made only for qualifier classes held after that date.’
    2. 2.2 No more than; purely.
      ‘that visit was strictly business’
      ‘his attitude and manner were strictly professional’
      • ‘The betrothal was arranged by the parents as a strictly business contract.’
      • ‘Robert McCorquodale suggests that an approach less rigid that a strictly legal approach should now be taken to self-determination.’
      • ‘Certain service firms also sprang up within the area, but these aimed to satisfy a strictly local demand.’
      • ‘But you shouldn't limit your contacts to strictly business settings.’
      • ‘People are learning English as a second language - that is, as a business language, strictly communicative and idiom-neutral.’
      • ‘But now the decision whether to host the Olympics has become strictly a business decision, with sport being a spin-off.’
      • ‘This is strictly business - a two-hour meeting and a 90-minute working lunch.’
      • ‘In other words, groups should at best only have a veto on matters that strictly involve the right of self-government and not on ordinary legislation.’
      • ‘He may have gotten the job because of family ties, but from the start, Pin made clear he was going to be strictly professional.’
      • ‘Is the energy giant guilty of wrongdoing, or was it strictly business as usual?’
      • ‘Mises' views on gold are based strictly on supply/demand considerations.’
      • ‘Obviously the strictly material help is necessary and welcome; it is the right of any citizen irrespective of colour, creed or status.’
      • ‘‘Our relations with the companies are strictly professional and serious,’ Apostolov said.’
      • ‘To begin with, it's a massively multiplayer online game, meaning that the game takes place strictly online, involving other players from across the globe.’
      • ‘It has remained strictly business, never personal.’
      • ‘I agreed with him on some things, disagreed on many more, but it was all strictly business - I never hated him, or even particularly disliked him.’
      • ‘The film-makers argue that the only reason they keep producing movies for young audiences is strictly because of market demand.’
      • ‘That's not uncommon in ordinary business, but then football isn't always run on strictly business lines - are vested interests at stake?’
      • ‘But York Archaeological Trust's latest venture is strictly surface-bound and involves the transformation of an under-used city centre churchyard.’
      • ‘The conference ran on strictly professional lines.’
      • ‘In many cases, highly personal matters prevent the transfer from being a strictly business matter.’

Pronunciation

strictly

/ˈstrik(t)lē//ˈstrɪk(t)li/