from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Imposing rigorous standards of performance; severe: stringent safety measures.
- adj. Constricted; tight: operating under a stringent time limit.
- adj. Characterized by scarcity of money, credit restrictions, or other financial strain: stringent economic policies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Strict; binding strongly; making strict requirements; restrictive; rigid; severe
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Binding strongly; making strict requirements; restrictive; rigid; severe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tightening or binding; drawing tight.
- Straitened; tight; constrained; hampered by scarcity or lack of available funds: as, a stringent money-market.
- Strict; close; rigorous; rigid; exacting; urgent: as, to make stringent regulations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
Latin stringēns, stringent-, present participle of stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stringens, stringentem, from stringō. (Wiktionary)