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[rig-er] /ˈrɪg ər/
noun, Chiefly British
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  • For a party that has trouble reconciling extravagant promises with financial rigour, this is no small step.
  • Requiring private capital is another way to bring rigour: its suppliers are used to weighing up the returns from competing uses.
  • Questions will also be asked about the academic rigour of such programmes.
  • The policies include the successful pursuit of price stability, fiscal rigour, foreign investment and open trade.
  • Society needs highly trained critical thinkers to tackle complex problems with rigour and research skills.
  • So it is a relief to find two accounts with a rare combination of sympathetic nuance and critical rigour.
  • Of course they will fail to do so because all the information provided by them was inaccurate and without scientific rigour.
  • Most business books would profit from a bit more rigour.
  • It is quite frustrating to see an increase in conceptual sophistication, rigour, and accuracy characterised as a laughable gaffe.
  • As someone mentioned before minimum wages are not de rigour in all developed countries.
British Dictionary definitions for rigour


harsh but just treatment or action
a severe or cruel circumstance; hardship: the rigours of famine
strictness, harshness, or severity of character
strictness in judgment or conduct; rigorism
(maths, logic) logical validity or accuracy
(obsolete) rigidity
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rigor
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Word Origin and History for rigour

chiefly British English spelling of rigor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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