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
Related formsstrin·gent·ly, adverbnon·strin·gent, adjectiveun·strin·gent, adjectiveun·strin·gent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for stringent

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

Antonyms for stringent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stringently

closely, rigorously, surely, factually

Examples from the Web for stringently

Historical Examples of stringently

  • Faithfully and stringently carried out, it might have saved the South.

  • The prohibition was stringently, indeed at one time, ruthlessly, enforced.

    The Light of Scarthey

    Egerton Castle

  • The elk are in danger of becoming extinct if they are not stringently guarded.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life

    William T. Hornaday

  • Contrary to wont, the ban against Spinoza was stringently enforced, to keep young people from his heresies.

  • All admit that the unfair competitive methods described in an earlier part of this chapter should be stringently prohibited.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan

British Dictionary definitions for stringently



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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