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strict

(of plant structures) growing upwards, stiff and rigid.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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Strictly speaking, only the things which I have mentioned belong to the category of quantity: everything else that is called quantitative is a quantity in a secondary sense.
* Strictly speaking, the pronunciation of all words such as Liang, Kiang, etc., is nearer one syllable than two.
More strictly speaking, I had noticed him when, on a previous occasion, he had come to play cards here, and I had followed him home.
That his uncle should arrive to treat with me of these things was a solution that, strictly speaking, I ought now to have desired to bring on; but I could so little face the ugliness and the pain of it that I simply procrastinated and lived from hand to mouth.
Though the ancient feudal systems were not, strictly speaking, confederacies, yet they partook of the nature of that species of association.
But, then, he was always a great king, fit to rule over the great waters where, strictly speaking, a man would have no business whatever but for his audacity.
A knight may very possibly he proof against love; but it is impossible, strictly speaking, for him to be ungrateful.
Strictly speaking, Godfrey notes in the November ICARUS, it is not so much a hexagon as an atmospheric feature consisting of a wave pattern that is repeated six times around the planet, ranging between a few degrees above and below 76[deg.]N latitude.
STRICTLY SPEAKING: The North East Tap Dancing competition in South Shields, 1971
Strictly speaking, he's supposed to offer you back the branches he cuts off because they belong to you.
Strictly speaking such copying is illegal or is on the verge of copyright illegality.
Windsor: 5.55 Cala di Volpe, 6.55 Strictly Speaking.