- stringent character or condition: the stringency of poverty.
- strictness; closeness; rigor: the stringency of school discipline.
- tightness; straitness: stringency in the money market.
Origin of stringency
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Examples from the Web for stringency
As the stringency increased, the attack on the clergy gained in ferocity.The Law of Civilization and Decay
It caused embarrassment and stringency, but no wreck or ruin.The Secret Service.
Albert D. Richardson
Armstrong did not take his eyes off him, nor did the stringency of their gaze relax.Thorley Weir
E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
We know them, in short, by their stringency,—and by a happy experience of their power.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
Then will follow measures that will do good in proportion to their stringency.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
Word Origin and History for stringency
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