- 1with a lot of control and rules that must be obeyed She was brought up very strictly. The industry is strictly regulated.
- 2used to emphasize that something happens or must happen in all circumstances synonym absolutely Smoking is strictly forbidden. My letter is, of course, strictly private and confidential.
- 3in all details; exactly This is not strictly true.
- 4used to emphasize that something only applies to one particular person, thing, or situation synonym purely We'll look at the problem from a strictly legal point of view. I know we're friends, but this is strictly business. Their relationship is strictly platonic. Idioms
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if you are using words or rules in their exact or correct sense Strictly speaking, the book is not a novel, but a short story. Using the word in that context is not, strictly speaking, correct.
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