- Rigorous means very active or severe.
An example of rigorous is the amount and type of exercise done by Olympic athletes.
- The definition of rigorous is something that is painfully exact or precise.
An example of rigorous is testing that is done during research.
- Rigorous is defined as something that is harsh or very strict.
- An example of a rigorous place is the cold of Antarctica.
- An example of a rigorous law is a zero tolerance law on selling drugs.
- very strict or harsh: a rigorous rule, master, etc.
- very severe or sharp: a rigorous climate
- rigidly precise; thoroughly accurate or exact: rigorous scholarship
Origin of rigorousOld French from Medieval Latin rigorosus
- Characterized by or adhering to strict standards or methods; exacting and thorough: a rigorous study of the medication; a rigorous researcher.
- a. Harsh, severe, or demanding: a rigorous taskmaster; a rigorous schedule.b. Very unpleasant or inclement: a rigorous climate.
- Adhering strictly to a belief or ideology; uncompromising or inflexible: a rigorous Catholic; a rigorous sense of correctness.
(comparative more rigorous, superlative most rigorous)
- Manifesting, exercising, or favoring rigour; 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.
- Severe; intense; inclement; as, a rigorous winter.