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.]


Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature.



Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber.


Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention.


It shall be still in strictest measure. Milton.


Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath.

"Through the strict senteries."



Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense.

6. Bot.

Upright, or straight and narrow; -- said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.

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

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

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

The Strict Observance, ∨ Friars of the Strict Observance. R. C. Ch. See Observance.


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