[ strin-juhn-see ]
See synonyms for stringency on
noun,plural strin·gen·cies.
  1. stringent character or condition: the stringency of poverty.

  2. strictness; closeness; rigor: the stringency of school discipline.

  1. tightness; straitness: stringency in the money market.

Origin of stringency

First recorded in 1835–45; string(ent) + -ency

Words Nearby stringency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use stringency in a sentence

  • Talk of “guns” and “cold steel” replaced arguments based upon economic conditions and the stringency of the “bonds of Empire.”

    The Evolution of Sinn Fein | Robert Mitchell Henry
  • At the start there were ample troops, ample equipment, and no financial stringency.

  • I presume this cannot be fairly disposed of by suggesting that there has been some aggravated occasion for such stringency.

    The Arena | Various
  • After a time I gathered that she suspected financial stringency as the cause, and I tried to set her mind at rest.

    The Confession | Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The first year of Mr. Buchanan's administration was marked by a severe and widespread financial stringency.