strictness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From strict +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

strictness (countable and uncountable, plural strictnesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being strict.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], OCLC 731622352:
      I lost all restraint, and yielding to the force of the emotion, gave down, as mere woman, those effusions of pleasure, which, in the strictness of still faithful love, I could have wished to have held up.
    Discipline calls for a certain strictness.
  2. (countable) The result or product of being strict.