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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rigorous mean? 

RIGOROUS (adjective)
  The adjective RIGOROUS has 2 senses:

1. rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard
2. demanding strict attention to rules and procedures

  Familiarity information: RIGOROUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

RIGOROUS (adjective)

Sense 1rigorous [BACK TO TOP]


Rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard


rigorous; strict

Context examples:

rigorous application of the law / a strict vegetarian


exact (marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact)

Sense 2rigorous [BACK TO TOP]


Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures


stringent; rigorous; tight

Context examples:

rigorous discipline / tight security / stringent safety measures


demanding (requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill)

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