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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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  • First a secret society was organized, bound by the most stringent oaths that could be devised.

  • The law is stringent and I was going to invoke it in your case.

  • Technically his offence was punishable by death—the old Chinese code being most stringent in such matters.

    The Fight For The Republic in China Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
  • Prompt and stringent measures saved the victim—but only just.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • You'll employ tact before you have recourse to stringent measures.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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