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strict / strikt/ • adj. demanding that rules concerning behavior are obeyed and observed: my father was very strict a strict upbringing. ∎  (of a rule or discipline) demanding total obedience or observance; rigidly enforced: civil servants are bound by strict rules on secrecy. ∎  (of a person) following rules or beliefs exactly: a strict vegetarian. ∎  exact in correspondence or adherence to something; not allowing or admitting deviation or relaxation: a strict interpretation of the law.DERIVATIVES: strict·ness n.