Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “stringent”

See all translations

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.
Translations of “stringent”
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴重的, 嚴格的,苛刻的…
in Russian строгий…
in Turkish sıkı, sert, katı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严重的, 严格的,苛刻的…
in Polish surowy…
(Definition of stringent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of stringent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “stringent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More