stren|u|ous [ˈstrenjuəs] adj
[Date: 1600-1700; : Latin; Origin: strenuus]
1.) needing a lot of effort or strength
a strenuous climb
The doctor advised Ken to avoid strenuous exercise.
2.) active and determined
Sherry's been making a strenuous effort to lose weight.
>strenuously adv
Barrett strenuously denied rumors that he would resign.

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  • strenuous — index difficult, intense, intensive, onerous, operose, oppressive, painstaking Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

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  • strenuous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ requiring or using great exertion. DERIVATIVES strenuously adverb strenuousness noun. ORIGIN Latin strenuus brisk …   English terms dictionary

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