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English definition of “stringent”

stringent

adjective uk   /ˈstrɪn.dʒənt/ us  

stringent adjective (SEVERE)

having a very severe effect, or being extremely limiting: The most stringent laws in the world are useless unless there is the will to enforce them. We need to introduce more stringent security measures such as identity cards. Stringent safety regulations were introduced after the accident.

stringent adjective (LIMITING MONEY)

specialized finance & economics involving not enough money being available for borrowing as a result of firm controls on the amount of money in an economy: Already low living standards have been worsened by stringent economic reforms.
stringency
noun [U] uk   /ˈstrɪn.dʒən.si/ us  
The stringency of the safety regulations threatens to put many manufacturers out of business. Greater financial stringency is needed to eradicate inflation from the economy.
stringently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Fire regulations are stringently enforced in all our factories.
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