[ 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 forms

strin·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 Forms

stringency, nounstringently, adverb

Word Origin for stringent

C17: from Latin stringere to bind
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