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stringent

[strin-juhnt]
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  1. rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe: stringent laws.
  2. compelling, constraining, or urgent: stringent necessity.
  3. convincing or forcible: stringent arguments.
  4. (of the money market) characterized by a shortage in money for loan or investment purposes; tight.
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Origin of stringent

1595–1605; < Latin stringent- (stem of stringēns), present participle of stringere to draw tight; see -ent
Related formsstrin·gent·ly, adverbnon·strin·gent, adjectiveun·strin·gent, adjectiveun·strin·gent·ly, adverb

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1. restrictive. See strict. 3. forceful, powerful, effective.

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stringent

adjective
  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 Formsstringency, nounstringently, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin stringere to bind
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Word Origin and History for stringent

adj.

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.

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