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[strin-juh n-see]
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noun, plural strin·gen·cies.
  1. stringent character or condition: the stringency of poverty.
  2. strictness; closeness; rigor: the stringency of school discipline.
  3. tightness; straitness: stringency in the money market.
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Origin of stringency

First recorded in 1835–45; string(ent) + -ency
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Examples from the Web for stringencies

Historical Examples

  • Not that stringencies upon the Press please me—no, nor arrests and imprisonments.

    The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II

    Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • But I am wandering from the point, just as I yearn to wander from all the stringencies of life this summer.

    The Garden, You, and I

    Mabel Osgood Wright

Word Origin and History for stringencies



1844, from stringent + -cy.

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