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.

1595–1605; < Latin stringent- (stem of stringēns), present participle of stringere to draw tight; see -ent

stringently, adverb
nonstringent, adjective
unstringent, adjective
unstringently, adverb

1. restrictive. See strict. 3. forceful, powerful, effective.

1. flexible. Unabridged
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stringent (ˈstrɪndʒənt)
1.  requiring strict attention to rules, procedure, detail, etc
2.  finance characterized by or causing a shortage of credit, loan capital, etc
[C17: from Latin stringere to bind]

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Word Origin & History

1605, "astringent," especially with reference to taste, from L. stringentem (nom. stringens), prp. of stringere "to compress, contract, bind or draw tight" (see strain). Of regulations, procedures, etc., 1846.
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Example sentences
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.
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