strin·​gen·​cy | \ ˈstrin-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce stringency (audio) \
plural stringencies

Definition of stringency

: the quality or state of being stringent

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Examples of stringency in a Sentence

some people objected to the stringency of the new regulations regarding the alteration of building exteriors in the historic district
Recent Examples on the Web Biden has also ratcheted up the stringency of the target to eliminate carbon entirely, rather than simply striving for a cleaner grid. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden climate goals mean conflict with natural gas, the resource behind recent emissions reductions," 15 Feb. 2021 Between 2013 and 2018, 96 percent of comments on the stringency of particular regulations filed by RSC researchers to federal regulatory agencies recommended less regulation, a report by Public Citizen found. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Will Biden Repeat Obama’s Mistakes?," 12 Nov. 2020 Already, many of the same people who criticize stringency in the state and local programs regularly argue that the programs intended to help companies should have come with more strings attached. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "The Fed’s $4 Trillion Lifeline Never Materialized. Here’s Why.," 21 Oct. 2020 This pattern was broadly in line with the stringency of virus containment policies in advanced countries where strict measures were put in place in March and slowly relaxed starting in May. CNN, "As Covid-19 rages on, countries need to support migrant workers," 27 Sep. 2020 Policy also will play a big role in how quickly electric cars are adopted, including the stringency of tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions limits, Malloy told Abby. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by National Clean Energy Week: Major bipartisan update to energy law at risk if Democrats sweep in November," 21 Sep. 2020 It has been the hardest hit in Europe (along with Italy’s), because of the preponderance of tourism and small, vulnerable businesses, plus the stringency of its lockdown. The Economist, "A lopsided recovery Harsh economic realities push Spain’s government towards the centre," 11 July 2020 The depth of each country’s recession will depend on the duration of its lockdown, the stringency of social distancing and the strength of consumption, explains Jacob Nell, an economist at Morgan Stanley. The Economist, "Into the trough Eastern Europe’s covid-19 recession could match its post-communist one," 28 May 2020 Overall, stringency is higher in Eastern Europe than in Western Europe, said Thomas Hale, associate professor in public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and the project’s leader. New York Times, "Europe’s Battle-Hardened Nations Show Resilience in Virus Fight," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of stringency

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Stringency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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