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Definition of STRICT

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Strict \Strict\, a. [Compar. {Stricter}; superl. {Strictest}.] [L. strictus, p. p. of stringere to draw or bind tight, to strain. See {Strain}, and cf. {Strait}, a.]
     1. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber.
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     3. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              It shall be still in strictest measure. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath. "Through the strict senteries." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     5. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense. [1913 Webster]

     6. (Bot.) Upright, or straight and narrow; -- said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: Exact; accurate; nice; close; rigorous; severe.

     Usage: {Strict}, {Severe}. Strict, applied to a person, denotes that he conforms in his motives and acts to a principle or code by which he is bound; severe is strict with an implication often, but not always, of harshness. Strict is opposed to lax; severe is opposed to gentle. [1913 Webster]

                  And rules as strict his labored work confine, As if the Stagirite o'erlooked each line.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

                  Soon moved with touch of blame, thus Eve:
                  "What words have passed thy lips, Adam severe!"
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     {The Strict Observance}, or {Friars of the Strict Observance}. (R. C. Ch.) See {Observance}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

165 Moby Thesaurus words for "strict":
     Sabbatarian, Spartan, Spartanic, absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, accurate, arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, aspersion, astringent, attentive, austere, authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic, bigoted, bossy, careful, censorious, choicy, choosy, circumscription, close, cold-blooded, complete, compulsive, confining, conscientious, constant, constrictive, correct, cramp, creedbound, critical, defined, delicate, demanding, despotic, detailed, dictatorial, direct, discriminating, discriminative, dogmatic, domineering, dour, draconian, evangelical, even, exact, exacting, exigent, express, exquisite, faithful, fastidious, feudal, fine, finical, finicking, finicky, firm, forbidding, fundamentalist, fussy, grim, grinding, hard, hard-boiled, harsh, hidebound, high-handed, hyperorthodox, imperative, imperial, imperious, inerrable, inerrant, infallible, inflexible, ironhanded, just, limitation, literalist, literalistic, lordly, magisterial, magistral, masterful, mathematical, meticulous, micrometrically precise, microscopic, minute, monocratic, narrow, nice, obloquy, oppressive, overbearing, overconscientious, overruling, overscrupulous, particular, peremptory, perfectionistic, picky, pinpoint, pitiless, precise, precisianist, precisianistic, precisionistic, priggish, prudish, punctilious, punctual, purist, puristic, puritanic, puritanical, refined, reflection, religious, religiously exact, repressive, right, rigid, rigorist, rigorous, rugged, ruthless, scientific, scientifically exact, scrupulous, scrutinizing, selective, sensitive, severe, slam, slur, square, staunch, stern, stint, straitlaced, stricture, stringent, subtle, suppressive, tender-conscienced, thorough, tough, tyrannical, tyrannous, uncompromising, undeviating, undistorted, unerring, unsparing, unsympathetic, veracious, veridical


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