Strictly vs Directly - What's the difference?

strictly | directly |

As adverbs the difference between strictly and directly

is that strictly is in a strict manner while directly is in a direct manner; in a straight line or course.

As a conjunction directly is

as soon as.




  • In a strict manner.
  • He adhered strictly to the diet his doctor prescribed.
  • In a limited manner; only
  • *
  • This work was strictly voluntary, but any animal who absented himself from it would have his rations reduced by half.
  • In a narrow or limited sense.
  • That term refers strictly to smaller birds.




    (en adverb)
  • In a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  • In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.
  • Plainly, without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 19, author=Josh Halliday, work=the Guardian
  • , title= Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised? , passage="Mujtahidd" has attracted almost 300,000 followers since the end of last year, when he began posting scandalous claims about the Saudi elite. In one tweet, Mujtahidd directly challenged Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd about his political history: "Did you resign or were you forced to resign from your post as head of the diwan [office] of the council of ministers?"}}
  • Exactly; just.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone,
  • Straightforwardly; honestly.
  • (label) Immediately.
  • (label) Soon; next; when it becomes convenient.
  • Antonyms

    * indirectly


    (English Conjunctions)
  • As soon as.
  • * 1982 , (Lawrence Durrell), Constance'', Faber & Faber 2004 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 725:
  • Tenderly, reluctantly, he took his leave of her, promising that he would contact her directly he got back, perhaps in ten days or so.
  • * 2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 463:
  • He is to go to Calais, directly this is over, to replace Lord Berners as governor [...].