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stringent Syllabification: strin·gent
Pronunciation: /ˈstrinjənt/

Definition of stringent in English:


(Of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting: California’s air pollution guidelines are stringent
More example sentences
  • Their produce must be processed under the most stringent conditions by well-trained staff.
  • Discourage or restrict the use of private vehicles by means of stringent conditions.
  • What the PAP's leaders were united over was that candidates must meet stringent conditions.
strict, firm, rigid, rigorous, severe, harsh, tough, tight, exacting, demanding, inflexible, hard and fast


Pronunciation: /ˈstrinjənsē/
Example sentences
  • The Russian school is famous, notorious even, for its stringency and rigidity.
  • When I was young I tended toward Scriptural stringency, but studying Wesleyan theology loosened me up a great deal.
  • In the face of conditions of financial stringency, much of value has been achieved in that short period.
Pronunciation: /ˈstrinjəntlē/
Example sentences
  • We have stringently followed all the guidelines from the Government and the Boarding Schools Association.
  • It is vital that these recycling facilities are monitored more stringently from now on.
  • Quarantine protocols will be stringently observed.


Mid 17th century (in the sense 'compelling, convincing'): from Latin stringent- 'drawing tight', from the verb stringere.

  • strict from Late Middle English:

    People first used strict to mean ‘restricted in space or extent’. The 17th-century philosopher Richard Burthogge wrote in 1675: ‘I am apt to think that Hell is of a Vast Extent, and that the bounds and limits of it, are not so strict and narrow, as the most imagine.’ Other early meanings included ‘tight’ and ‘stretched taut’ before the meaning ‘imposing severe discipline’ developed in the late 16th century. The source is Latin strictus, based on stringere ‘to tighten or draw tight’. Stringent (mid 17th century) and its variant astringent (mid 16th century) are from the same source. See also district

Words that rhyme with stringent

astringent, contingent
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