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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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Historical Examples

  • As the stringency increased, the attack on the clergy gained in ferocity.

    The Law of Civilization and Decay

    Brooks Adams

  • 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.

  • Then will follow measures that will do good in proportion to their stringency.

Word Origin and History for stringency


1844, from stringent + -cy.

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