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 What the committee releases later this month in full legislative text, however, will be an important indicator of the policy’s stringency, said Ben King, an analyst with Rhodium. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "House Democrats risk reviving the politics that doomed cap and trade with new climate plan," 14 Jan. 2020 This has prompted some state lawmakers and other critics to question the program’s stringency, and whether an oversupply of allowances will be an obstacle to its efficacy. Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration sues California over cap-and-trade agreement with Canada," 23 Oct. 2019 Warren’s theory of the case is that the U.S. will promote labor rights and environmental stringency by demanding national compliance with high standards before agreeing to trade with them. Daniel W. Drezner, Twin Cities, "Daniel Drezner: Warren’s trade plan is bad politics and worse policy," 1 Aug. 2019 If codified in law, the delinking would mark the unions’ triumph over groups arguing that using test scores adds objectivity and stringency to evaluations. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York Lawmakers Pass Bill to Drop Student Test Scores From Teacher Reviews," 23 Jan. 2019 Over time, the NFL’s stringency about the anthem faded somewhat. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The NFL Told Teams to Stand During the National Anthem in the 1960s. Here's How One Player Protested," 23 May 2018 That’s why our system came to treat questions of ethics with such stringency. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Ethics first," 6 Apr. 2018 Mayor Frank Jackson has said the Justice Department may seek to relax the stringency of some of the consent decree's requirements. Eric Heisig,, "Federal judge says Cleveland's police reform agreement with Justice Department is not 'anti-police'," 13 June 2017 Read more: Mercedes Halts Bid to Sell Diesel Cars in U.S. on Tough Scrutiny Among the challenges are U.S. tailpipe pollution standards set to increase in stringency over the next several years. Ryan Beene,, "America's Diesel Car Market Gets Even Smaller," 10 May 2017

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First Known Use of stringency

1844, in the meaning defined above

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“Stringency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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