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in the strict sense

also in the strictest sense
according to the most limited and exact meaning of a word or idea “Conservative” in the strict sense of the word is not a label that fits her. The novel is not tragic in the strictest sense, but it is certainly full of sadness.
Usage notes: usually used to say that someone or something does not have the characteristics of this limited meaning
See also: sense, strict
References in classic literature ?
It was a purely disinterested operation in the strictest sense of the term, and offered not the slightest chance of profit.
It was a strikingly beautiful figure, in the strictest sense of the word.
It was a valued, a precious trust to me; and gladly would I have discharged it in the strictest sense, by watching over her education myself, had the nature of our situations allowed it; but I had no family, no home; and my little Eliza was therefore placed at school.
Isabel is, in the strictest sense of the word, a young gentlewoman.
I suppose the distance from the river of Copiapo to this spot was at least twenty-five or thirty English miles; in the whole space there was not a single drop of water, the country deserving the name of desert in the strictest sense.
As per Vale Park contracts manager Tom Perks, "This will not be demolition in the strictest sense of the word.
No, it's a thank you letter to the anonymous person - I will call him a gentleman because, in the strictest sense of the word, that's exactly what he is - who offered to help while I was trying to change a wheel on my car.
Players are in the strictest sense of the phrase the role models, not only of the young generations, but of all people because they are public property so to speak.
They may not be professional artists in the strictest sense of the word, but the work is of high quality.
Of course, most of them also insisted that their films this summer aren't, in the strictest sense, remakes.
MIDFIELD will be crucial though both sides are likely to play with only three midfielders in the strictest sense.
In the strictest sense it is not possible to conduct The Grocer 33 in a discount chain such as Lidl, because it offers a range of tertiary brands as alternatives to leading brands and own label offerings.
Not denial in the strictest sense, nor is it escapism.
Perhaps it isn't a partnership in the strictest sense, but these performers do rely on the biz world to fund their art, and have found moneymaking jobs that are meaningful, satisfying and easier on the body than waiting tables.
Cheri, with a more secular bent, "regarded welfare as an entitlement in the strictest sense of the word.