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strict (adj.)

early 15c., "narrow, drawn in, small," from Latin strictus "drawn together, close, tight," past participle of stringere (2) "to draw or bind tight" (see strain (v.)). The sense of "stringent and rigorous" (of law) is first found in 1570s; of qualities or conditions generally, 1590s.

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Definitions of strict

strict (adj.)
rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard;
a strict vegetarian
Synonyms: rigorous
strict (adj.)
(of rules) stringently enforced;
Synonyms: hard-and-fast
strict (adj.)
incapable of compromise or flexibility;
Synonyms: rigid
strict (adj.)
severe and unremitting in making demands;
strict standards
Synonyms: stern / exacting
strict (adj.)
characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint;
Synonyms: nonindulgent
From wordnet.princeton.edu