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rigorous Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective satellite rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard
    strict.
    • rigorous application of the law
    • a strict vegetarian
  2. adjective satellite demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    tight; stringent.
    • rigorous discipline
    • tight security
    • stringent safety measures
WordNet

Rig"or*ous adjective
Etymology
F. rigoureux, LL. rigorosus. See Rigor.
Definitions
  1. Manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigor; allowing no abatement or mitigation; scrupulously accurate; exact; strict; severe; relentless; as, a rigorous officer of justice; a rigorous execution of law; a rigorous definition or demonstration.
    He shall be thrown down the Tarpeian Rock With rigorous hands. Shak.
    We do not connect the scattered phenomena into their rigorous unity. De Quincey.
  2. Severe; intense; inclement; as, a rigorous winter.
  3. Violent. Obs. "Rigorous uproar." Spenser. Syn. -- Rigid; inflexible; unyielding; stiff; severe; austere; stern; harsh; strict; exact. -- Rig"or*ous*ly, adv. -- Rig"or*ous*ness, n.

Webster 1913


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