Definition of stringent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstrɪndʒənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrɪndʒənt//
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  1. 1(of a law, rule, regulation, etc.) very strict and that must be obeyed stringent air quality regulations Licences are only granted under the most stringent conditions.
  2. 2(of financial conditions) difficult and very strictly controlled because there is not much money the government’s stringent economic policies
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘compelling, convincing’): from Latin stringent- ‘drawing tight’, from the verb stringere.Extra examples Safety standards were less stringent in those days. The Act imposes more stringent regulations on atmospheric pollution. The board applies only the most stringent criteria for its decisions. There are stringent quality control procedures.
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