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[ strin-juhnt ]


  1. rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe:

    stringent laws.

    Synonyms: restrictive

    Antonyms: flexible

  2. compelling, constraining, or urgent:

    stringent necessity.

  3. convincing or forcible:

    stringent arguments.

    Synonyms: effective, powerful, forceful

  4. (of the money market) characterized by a shortage in money for loan or investment purposes; tight.


/ ˈstrɪndʒənt /


  1. requiring strict attention to rules, procedure, detail, etc
  2. finance characterized by or causing a shortage of credit, loan capital, etc
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Derived Forms

  • ˈstringency, noun
  • ˈstringently, adverb
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Other Words From

  • stringent·ly adverb
  • non·stringent adjective
  • un·stringent adjective
  • un·stringent·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of stringent1

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin stringent- (stem of stringēns ), present participle of stringere “to draw tight”; -ent
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Word History and Origins

Origin of stringent1

C17: from Latin stringere to bind
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Synonym Study

See strict.
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Example Sentences

Recent legislation in California and the EU portends more stringent privacy laws across the globe.

From Digiday

Despite China’s history of stringent media control, an industry of uninstitutionalized, individual publishers has managed to flourish on social media platforms like Tencent’s WeChat and ByteDance’s Toutiao.

While the transit agency often has touted its stringent cleaning standards, which include daily and spot disinfecting at stations and on cars and buses, officials have said little about the quality of air onboard.

There is a more stringent set of requirements for second-draw loans.

We had to be very stringent with what we bought and what we were eating.

From Vox

In other words, unnecessarily stringent abortion regulation could be far more dangerous than abortion itself.

The other would forbid more stringent background checks than those required by federal law.

Yet we do have stringent regulations regarding adoption in this country.

And is politics really cleaner when stringent restrictions are put into place?

America is in urgent need of more stringent gun control laws, as the British discovered at Lexington and Concord.

You may keep on framing stringent game laws as long as you choose, but you cannot kill an overmastering instinct.

The working conditions, also, are more favorable: the room is light and airy, the discipline not so stringent.

Such a stringent regulation of trade met with directly contrary results to those which had been expected.

But early in the thirteenth century it becomes evident that such stringent exclusiveness could not be enforced.

The treaty of Lahore was however completed, and was sufficiently stringent.