[ strin-juhnt ]
/ ˈstrɪn dʒənt /


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

1595–1605; < Latin stringent- (stem of stringēns), present participle of stringere to draw tight; see -ent
SYNONYMS FOR stringent
3 forceful, powerful, effective.
Related formsstrin·gent·ly, adverbnon·strin·gent, adjectiveun·strin·gent, adjectiveun·strin·gent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stringently


/ (ˈstrɪndʒənt) /


requiring strict attention to rules, procedure, detail, etc
finance characterized by or causing a shortage of credit, loan capital, etc
Derived Formsstringency, nounstringently, adverb

Word Origin for stringent

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



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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