Meaning of “stringent” in the English Dictionary

"stringent" in British English

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uk /ˈstrɪn.dʒənt/ us /ˈstrɪn.dʒənt/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈstrɪn.dʒə us /ˈstrɪn.dʒə

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.
adverb uk /ˈstrɪn.dʒə us /ˈstrɪn.dʒə

Fire regulations are stringently enforced in all our factories.

(Definition of “stringent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stringent" in American English

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us /ˈstrɪn·dʒənt/

extremely limiting or difficult; severe:

Members of the organization have to be willing to abide by the stringent rules.
The city has stringent fire-safety standards.

(Definition of “stringent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stringent" in Business English

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uk /ˈstrɪndʒənt/ us

stringent laws, tests, etc. are extremely severe or limiting and must be obeyed:

Stringent security measures have been introduced at all airports.
Regulators are forcing issuers to adopt more stringent criteria.
stringent checks/controls/tests

ECONOMICS involving very little money being available for spending or borrowing as a result of firm controls:

Stringent cost management is counterproductive when it interferes with a firm's ability to grow.
stringent cost-cutting/cuts Prices are now falling slightly after stringent budget-deficit cuts.

Drugs are the most stringently regulated of all consumer goods.

(Definition of “stringent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)