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strict +‎ -ly


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɹɪktli/
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strictly (comparative strictlier or more strictly, superlative strictliest or most strictly)

  1. In a strict manner.
    He adhered strictly to the diet his doctor prescribed.
  2. In a limited manner; only
    • 1943 November – 1944 February (date written; published 1945 August 17), George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], Animal Farm [], London: Secker & Warburg, published May 1962, →OCLC:
      This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
  3. In a narrow or limited sense.
    That term refers strictly to smaller birds.
  4. (mathematics) In a manner that applies to every member of a set or every interval of a function

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