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adjective strin·gent \ˈstrin-jənt\

Simple Definition of stringent

  • : very strict or severe

Full Definition of stringent

  1. 1 :  tight, constricted

  2. 2 :  marked by rigor, strictness, or severity especially with regard to rule or standard <stringent decontamination procedures>

  3. 3 :  marked by money scarcity and credit strictness <a stringent budget>

strin·gent·ly adverb

Examples of stringent

  1. <stringent rules against unauthorized persons being in the building>



Origin of stringent

Latin stringent-, stringens, present participle of stringere


First Known Use: 1736

Synonym Discussion of stringent

rigid, rigorous, strict, stringent mean extremely severe or stern. rigid implies uncompromising inflexibility <rigid rules of conduct>. rigorous implies the imposition of hardship and difficulty <the rigorous training of recruits>. strict emphasizes undeviating conformity to rules, standards, or requirements <strict enforcement of the law>. stringent suggests severe, tight restriction or limitation <stringent standards of admission>.


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