from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rigorous imposition of standards
  • n. A tightness or constriction
  • n. A scarcity of money or credit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being stringent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Stringent character or condition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. conscientious attention to rules and details
  • n. a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Again I stress that the fundamental cause of the present credit stringency is the rapid expansion of the Canadian economy, and that the only sound way to relieve this pressure and to maintain a sustained rate of growth in keeping with our expanding population and our rich resources is to increase our total supply of capital.

    Expansion Without Inflation

  • About this time Mr. Ward's views of religious duty deepened in stringency and in gloom.

    Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910

  • There’s a lot of web content, be it blogs or Twitter or Facebook updates, emanating directly from wine sellers and marketers that might fall under this increased stringency from the FTC.

    2009 April | Dr Vino's wine blog

  • But this stringency, which is called positivism when the conditions of welfare are understood, becomes fanaticism when they are misrepresented.

    The Life of Reason

  • Xbox LIVE announced heightened "stringency" and "enforcement" to enforce the new policy.

    New Xbox LIVE Policy: 'Gay' And 'Bi' Allowed In Player Names

  • We talk now about the financial stringency which is on us.

    Does Canada Take The League of Nations Seriously?

  • The committee said that whoever formed the next government should not let any "stringency" cuts affect the strategic defence review (SDR) which all the main parties are committed to.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • These filters can have various degrees of stringency, meaning they can be set loose enough to capture events that are similar to, but don't quite match the predictions.

    Ars Technica

  • Every fall when that money returned to the country at large in order to move the harvest to market, those loans were called back in New York, creating the annual monetary "stringency" that, among other things, was the proximate cause of the collapse in October, 1929.

    National Coalition for History

  • "stringency" of the test that had to be passed for an Article 3 challenge to be brought.

    The Daily Record - Home


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