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strin·gent  (strnjnt)
1. Imposing rigorous standards of performance; severe: stringent safety measures.
2. Constricted; tight: operating under a stringent time limit.
3. Characterized by scarcity of money, credit restrictions, or other financial strain: stringent economic policies.

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

stringen·cy n.
stringent·ly adv.

stringent  /strndnt/  adj. without much freedom of flexibility, (syns.) severe, strict: The company is losing money and must have a stringent financial plan to survive. -n. [U] stringency. stringent

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