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 But while more and more cities are imposing lockdowns — Taiyuan, the hub of China’s coal industry, joined the list on Thursday — the stringency of municipal lockdowns has weakened a little lately. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2022 Others such as Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett have carried the flame of its arguments forward on the Supreme Court since Scalia’s death, sometimes (in the case of Thomas) with more stringency than Scalia himself. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 More specifically, stringency index studies find that lockdowns in Europe and the United States only reduced COVID-19 mortality by 0.2% on average. James Freeman, WSJ, 2 Feb. 2022 The additional stringency associated with this highest tier of approval can easily add several years and tens of millions of dollars to a project’s schedule and budget. David W. Brown, Scientific American, 27 Jan. 2022 An analysis that includes data through early June 2021 finds that lockdown stringency is strongly associated with fewer deaths after controlling for a few other factors. WSJ, 29 Dec. 2021 This stringency, which the narrator shares with her creator, is also one of Davis’s defining features as a translator. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2021 Her sense of belief was eclectic, encompassing Calvinist stringency and Unitarian sunshine. James Marcus, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 For the same large states mentioned above, there is no significant correlation between changes in retail sales and the stringency of COVID interventions. Jerry Nickelsburg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of stringency

1844, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2022

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“Stringency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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