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in the strict(est) sense

Following the narrowest and most precise interpretation (of something). While not correct in the strictest sense, the word has been widely accepted among most English speakers. I wouldn't call her a socialist in the strict sense, but some of her beliefs definitely lean that way.
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It was a purely disinterested operation in the strictest sense of the term, and offered not the slightest chance of profit.
'But in the strictest sense, kung protocol ang pag-uusapan, it's a Cabinet meeting if the President attends,' Nograles added.
He explained that under the partnership, the media is to educate members of the general public on the need to patronise treated water, both bottled and sachet through the RO system to ensure that water produced for public consumption is pure in the strictest sense.
The black card was introduced to cut down on cynical play and rolling out the rule in the strictest sense would have been a huge statement in that instance.
SIR - I am old-fashioned enough to believe that if you carry an organ donor card it means something - and Welsh Government agrees by assuring me that although donation in the strictest sense ceases on December 1, donor cards will still be honoured.
The campaign, which runs for five days, promotes safe driving and rewards drivers who adhere to traffic rules in the strictest sense, by giving them Dh1,000 and an appreciation certificate endorsed by the police of the emirate.
Eddie is a purist in the strictest sense of the word.
The story is set in a country which is recovering from war, in an era which is hard to pinpoint: years of birth and death imply the 4th century but it is not a historical novel in the strictest sense of the genre.
ENBD has "put it under general provisioning rather than specific as in the strictest sense the negotiations are still underway and the banks are not yet required to provide for it as such," said HC Brokerage banking analyst Janany Vamadeva.
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.
But the material out of which it is built is site-specific in the strictest sense: The wood was taken from an oak tree that once grew in the villa's garden.
Not denial in the strictest sense, nor is it escapism.