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Definition of strict adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (stricter, strictest)
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  1. 1that must be obeyed exactly strict rules/regulations/discipline She left strict instructions that she was not to be disturbed. There are strict guidelines on how the work is to be carried out. He told me in the strictest confidence (= on the understanding that I would tell nobody else). She's on a very strict diet.
  2. 2demanding that rules, especially rules about behavior, should be obeyed a strict teacher/parent/disciplinarian She's very strict about things like homework. They were always very strict with their children.
  3. 3obeying the rules of a particular religion, belief, etc. exactly a strict Muslim a strict vegetarian
  4. 4[usually before noun] very exact and clearly defined It wasn't illegal in the strict sense (of the word).
noun [uncountable]
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