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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 With many suppliers based in and around Shanghai—the city has been under lockdown for more than a month and nearby areas also face stringent Covid-control measures and logistical snarls—Apple’s supply chain in China has been disrupted for weeks. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, 9 May 2022 The stringent measures are exacting a heavy toll on the economy. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2022 China continues to struggle with the spread of the virus despite the implementation of stringent measures. Fortune, 24 Apr. 2022 Chinese media reports on the unrecorded COVID-19 deaths have been swiftly censored, and many criticisms of Shanghai’s stringent measures expunged online. Huizhong Wu And Dake Kang, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 Since the pandemic began, China’s case numbers have been kept low compared to the rest of the world because of exacting zero-COVID restrictions, and to a large extent, its people have supported stringent pandemic measures. Rebecca Kanthor / Shanghai, Time, 12 Apr. 2022 Political pressure has been mounting on local Shanghai authorities to both quell the outbreak and to address the growing chorus of concerns from residents grappling with the costs and inconveniences of the stringent measures. Simone Mccarthy And Yong Xiong, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 As a result, factories in China seem to have become more skilled in coping with covid and the government’s stringent pandemic-control measures, according to a note last week from analysts at BofA Securities. Jane Li, Quartz, 31 Mar. 2022 The moves, announced on Monday by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, could quiet some criticism from residents who have become increasingly frustrated with the city’s stringent measures, some of which have been in place for over two years. NBC News, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Stringent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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