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[strin-juh nt] /ˈstrɪn dʒənt/
rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe:
stringent laws.
compelling, constraining, or urgent:
stringent necessity.
convincing or forcible:
stringent arguments.
(of the money market) characterized by a shortage in money for loan or investment purposes; tight.
Origin of stringent
1595-1605; < Latin stringent- (stem of stringēns), present participle of stringere to draw tight; see -ent
Related forms
stringently, adverb
nonstringent, adjective
unstringent, adjective
unstringently, adverb
1. restrictive. See strict. 3. forceful, powerful, effective.
1. flexible. Unabridged
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  • Performance, durability and tight costs for cars are also much more stringent than for small electronic devices.
  • Their occupational health standards are not as stringent as ours, and so there was a much higher exposure in that population.
  • Mathematical proofs for example are much more stringent than proofs in physics because they are much easier to confirm.
  • Finally, one comment was posted about the use of pesticides in organics and the stringent standards they must follow.
  • Polymers can be processed in less stringent conditions--at room temperature and in the open air.
  • Presumably, less stringent measures haven't worked, or the behavior would not have occurred.
  • Parties are always free to implement more stringent measures.
  • Regulations in many foreign countries are also less stringent, if there are any regulations at all.
  • Publications face stringent government censorship, and reporters and editors who push the boundaries can be demoted or sacked.
  • It helped, too, that stringent visa regulations had limited the influx of foreign tourists.
British Dictionary definitions for stringent


requiring strict attention to rules, procedure, detail, etc
(finance) characterized by or causing a shortage of credit, loan capital, etc
Derived Forms
stringency, noun
stringently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin stringere to bind
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Word Origin and History for stringent

c.1600, "astringent," especially with reference to taste, from Latin stringentem (nominative stringens), present participle of stringere "to compress, contract, bind or draw tight" (see strain). Of regulations, procedures, etc., 1846.

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