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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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  • Today it is perhaps the most stringently observed of all the manifold commandments in American railroading.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • The prohibition was stringently, indeed at one time, ruthlessly, enforced.

    The Light of Scarthey Egerton Castle
  • Frederick dryly remarked that May's capital was stringently tied up in the hands of trustees, whether she were married or single.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 3(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • Faithfully and stringently carried out, it might have saved the South.

  • The constitutionality of the acts was attacked; but they were sustained by the Supreme Court and stringently enforced.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • The elk are in danger of becoming extinct if they are not stringently guarded.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • I had felt this necessity once before, be it remembered, but never so stringently, so morbidly as now.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • Nevertheless the temptation to inflate capital will exist until the device is stringently prohibited by law.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • All admit that the unfair competitive methods described in an earlier part of this chapter should be stringently prohibited.

    Distributive Justice John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • On the other hand, when once such a marriage-contract had been drawn up, its inviolability was stringently secured.

British Dictionary definitions for stringently


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stringently



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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