- 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
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Expressing outrage, the lawmakers called for stringent punishment.Heinous Bus Gang-Rape Outrages India
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The army was to be reinforced and a stringent conscription was talked of.Shoulder-Straps
These stringent measures were not, however, put into effect at once.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
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Lastly, we have here a piece of stringent practical direction.Expositions of Holy Scripture
- requiring strict attention to rules, procedure, detail, etc
- finance characterized by or causing a shortage of credit, loan capital, etc
Word Origin and History for stringent
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.