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rigorous (ˈrɪɡərəs Pronunciation for rigorous



  1. characterized by or proceeding from rigour; harsh, strict, or severe   ⇒ rigorous discipline
  2. severely accurate; scrupulous   ⇒ rigorous book-keeping
  3. (esp of weather) extreme or harsh
  4. (mathematics, logic) (of a proof) making the validity of the successive steps completely explicit

Derived Forms

ˈrigorously adverb
ˈrigorousness noun

Translations for 'rigorous'

  • British English: rigorous A test, system, or procedure that is rigorous is very thorough and strict. ADJECTIVEThe selection process is based on rigorous tests of competence and experience.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: rigoroso
  • Chinese: > 严格缜密的测试、制度、程序> 严嚴格缜縝密的
  • European Spanish: riguroso rigurosa
  • French: rigoureux rigoureuse
  • German: rigoros
  • Italian: rigoroso rigorosa
  • Japanese: 厳密な
  • Korean: 엄격한
  • Portuguese: rigoroso
  • Spanish: riguroso rigurosa

Example Sentences Including 'rigorous'

Children are not quite so gullible and require a more rigorous proof of his existence.
New Scientist (1999)
His employees benefited from some of the most rigorous safety directives of any employees in the land.
In that case, his trial will result in, shall we say, only about twelve years " rigorous imprisonment.
Shah, Idries Kara Kush
McEwen's rigorous promotion succeeded in a 100 per cent improvement in subscriptions.
Susie Gilbert and Jay Shir A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)
Measures like free personal care for the elderly will not be pushed through without rigorous consideration of the costs involved.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
No, Nora, the most rigorous activity James Kennerly engages in is the one we'll refrain from mentioning.
Bringle, Mary Death of an Unknown Man
The Blues ' boss has put the turnaround down to a rigorous fitness regime the player has put himself through.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2002)
The health of our democratic system depends, not just on good government, but also on a rigorous and questioning opposition.
Irish Times (2002)
The process for opening accounts is now a lot more rigorous , said Steve Wilson, executive director of the B. C. Securities Commission.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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