Definition of stringent in US English:



  • (of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting.

    ‘California's air pollution guidelines are stringent’
    • ‘The new guidelines are less stringent, requiring less office space to be included in the designs than before.’
    • ‘What the PAP's leaders were united over was that candidates must meet stringent conditions.’
    • ‘Discourage or restrict the use of private vehicles by means of stringent conditions.’
    • ‘Incidentally, you also meet the stringent requirements to be an editorial intern at eye Weekly.’
    • ‘I hope there are stringent conditions to exclude external communication.’
    • ‘The agency said that stringent conditions will be imposed on Lafarge during the trial.’
    • ‘For this reason, the World Bank imposed stringent conditions on Chad and Cameroon.’
    • ‘He was given early release with stringent conditions but broke these conditions and found himself in jail again.’
    • ‘All information provided by the pharmaceutical industry has to satisfy stringent regulations.’
    • ‘There are very stringent rules and conditions in the event of a loss or claim.’
    • ‘Chelsea rules are stringent, although regulars do try to test them to the limits.’
    • ‘The council claims Hornets have still to meet certain stringent conditions that were important to the deal.’
    • ‘He also argues that more stringent requirements need to be laid down.’
    • ‘Their produce must be processed under the most stringent conditions by well-trained staff.’
    • ‘This is now rare, as there are stringent regulations to limit exposure to such a hazard.’
    • ‘Here in the Dales, making a living from tourism is a much harder job surrounded by many stringent regulations.’
    • ‘There has even been talk about relaxing some of the more stringent regulations.’
    • ‘A consultation on more stringent regulations is planned before the end of the year.’
    • ‘For others the answer will be found in stringent regulations covering every aspect of modern society.’
    • ‘Personal pet visits require the same stringent guidelines as the therapy animal policy.’
    strict, firm, rigid, rigorous, severe, harsh, tough, tight, exacting, demanding, inflexible, stiff, hard and fast, uncompromising, draconian, extreme
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘compelling, convincing’): from Latin stringent- ‘drawing tight’, from the verb stringere.