strin·​gent | \ ˈstrin-jənt How to pronounce stringent (audio) \

Definition of stringent

2 : marked by rigor, strictness, or severity especially with regard to rule or standard stringent decontamination procedures
3 : marked by money scarcity and credit strictness a stringent budget

Other Words from stringent

stringently adverb

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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

How Should You Use stringent?

Words that are synonymous with stringent include rigid, which implies uncompromising inflexibility ("rigid rules of conduct"), and rigorous, which suggests hardship and difficulty ("the rigorous training of firefighters"). Also closely related is strict, which emphasizes undeviating conformity to rules, standards, or requirements ("strict enforcement of the law"). Stringent usually involves severe, tight restrictions or limitations ("the college has stringent admissions rules"). That's logical. After all, rigorous and rigid are both derived from rigēre, the Latin word meaning "to be stiff," and stringent and strict developed from the Latin verb stringere, meaning "to bind tight."

Examples of stringent in a Sentence

stringent rules against unauthorized persons being in the building
Recent Examples on the Web In response to each new virus, Charles helps impose increasingly stringent regulations until the United States has been transformed into a police state of total surveillance. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 The price tag, and the stringent regulations that go with it, affect who can successfully develop what kinds of plants. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 9 Nov. 2021 Tahoe Beach Club is one of the last remaining luxury residential developments able to be built on the lake, due to the lake’s stringent protection regulations. Emma Reynolds, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Most of the battery recycling taking place today is in China and Europe, which have far more stringent regulations than the U.S. Merrill Goozner, The New Republic, 28 Oct. 2021 Since announcing the initiative, Abbott, who is running for re-election this year, has repeatedly blamed President Joe Biden’s less stringent immigration stance for a sharp increase in migrants seeking entry into the U.S. James Barragán, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Jan. 2022 In their view, dumping Bitcoin is essential to meeting the Paris climate accord’s stringent goals. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 Its policies for travelers have become progressively stringent. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 6 Jan. 2022 Salt Lake County officials issued a public health advisory Tuesday, urging residents to take more stringent coronavirus precautions this month as local COVID-19 transmission rates spike to levels not seen since November 2020. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of stringent

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stringent

Latin stringent-, stringens, present participle of stringere

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23 Jan 2022

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“Stringent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of stringent

: very strict or severe

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