[ strin-juhnt ]
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  1. rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe: stringent laws.

  2. compelling, constraining, or urgent: stringent necessity.

  1. convincing or forcible: stringent arguments.

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

Origin of stringent

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

synonym study For stringent

1. See strict.

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Other words from stringent

  • strin·gent·ly, adverb
  • non·strin·gent, adjective
  • un·strin·gent, adjective
  • un·strin·gent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stringent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stringent


/ (ˈstrɪndʒənt) /

  1. requiring strict attention to rules, procedure, detail, etc

  2. finance characterized by or causing a shortage of credit, loan capital, etc

Origin of stringent

C17: from Latin stringere to bind

Derived forms of stringent

  • stringency, noun
  • stringently, adverb

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