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Rigour or rigor (see [spelling differences] ) has a number of meanings in relation to intellectual life and discourse. These are separate from public and political applications with their suggestion of laws enforced to the letter, or [political absolutism] . A [religion] , too, may be worn lightly, or applied with rigour.

Intellectual rigour
An attempted short definition of intellectual rigour might be that no suspicion of [double standard] be allowed: uniform principles should be applied. This is a test of [consistency] , over cases, and to individuals or institutions (including the speaker, the speaker's country and so on). Consistency can be at odds here with a forgiving attitude, adaptability, and the need to take [precedent] with a pinch of salt.

"The rigour of the game" is a quotation from [Charles Lamb] about [whist] . It implies that the demands of thinking accurately and to the point over a [card game] can serve also as entertainment or leisure. Intellectual rigour can therefore be sometimes seen as the exercise of a skill. It can also degenerate into [pedant] ry, which is intellectual rigour applied to no particular end, except perhaps self-importance. [Scholarship] can be defined as intellectual rigour applied to the [quality control] of information, which implies an appropriate standard of accuracy, and [scepticism] applied to accepting anything on trust.

In relation to intellectual honesty

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