from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Imposing rigorous standards of performance; severe: stringent safety measures.
  • adj. Constricted; tight: operating under a stringent time limit.
  • adj. Characterized by scarcity of money, credit restrictions, or other financial strain: stringent economic policies.

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  • adj. Strict; binding strongly; making strict requirements; restrictive; rigid; severe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Binding strongly; making strict requirements; restrictive; rigid; severe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tightening or binding; drawing tight.
  • Straitened; tight; constrained; hampered by scarcity or lack of available funds: as, a stringent money-market.
  • Strict; close; rigorous; rigid; exacting; urgent: as, to make stringent regulations.

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  • adj. demanding strict attention to rules and procedures


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin stringēns, stringent-, present participle of stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.

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From Latin stringens, stringentem, from stringō.


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