Strict describes someone who sticks to a particular set of rules. If your math teacher is strict, it means that she expects her rules to be followed to the letter.

The adjective strict always has to do with rules. Your strict parents enforced rules and expected you to obey them. Your cousin might be a strict vegetarian who always follows her own rules about what to eat. Strict laws demand to be followed, and a strict follower of the First Amendment supports free speech no matter what. The Latin root of strict is strictus, which means "drawn together, tight, or rigid." A rigid adherence to rules is exactly what makes someone strict.

Definitions of strict
  1. adjective
    rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard
    “a strict vegetarian”
    synonyms: rigorous
    marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
  2. adjective
    incapable of compromise or flexibility
    synonyms: rigid
    unwilling to tolerate difference of opinion
  3. adjective
    characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
    synonyms: nonindulgent
    sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
    austere, stern
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    blue, puritanic, puritanical
    morally rigorous and strict
    corrective, disciplinal, disciplinary
    designed to promote discipline
    befitting a monk; inclined to self-denial
    renunciant, renunciative, self-abnegating, self-denying
    used especially of behavior
    self-disciplined, self-restraining
    used of nonindulgent persons
    severe, spartan
    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
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    characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone
    given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink
    decadent, effete
    marked by excessive self-indulgence and moral decay
    betting, card-playing, dissipated, sporting
    preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance
    epicurean, luxuriant, luxurious, sybaritic, voluptuary, voluptuous
    displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
    given to social pleasures often including dissipation
    epicurean, hedonic, hedonistic
    devoted to pleasure
    hard, heavy, intemperate
    given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
    excessively indulgent
    gratifying tastes, appetites, or desires
    decadent, self-indulgent
    indulgent of your own appetites and desires
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  4. adjective
    severe and unremitting in making demands
    strict standards”
    synonyms: exacting, stern
    requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill
  5. adjective
    (of rules) stringently enforced
    synonyms: hard-and-fast
    not liable to or capable of change
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