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Definition of "stringent" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stringent" in a sentence
  • "Would it be ironic though to point out that writing within stringent constraints is a hallmark of “experimental” fiction?"
  • "It was that the guidelines that had protected them and their business for years were too stringent from a financial standpoint to allow minorities by and large to qualify in the same numbers as non-minorities (honkeys, if you will)."
  • "The Company produces high-end, high-precision, ultra-thin, high-strength, cold-rolled steel products that are characterized by stringent performance and specification requirements that mandate a high degree of manufacturing and engineering expertise."