Meaning of stringent

strin•gent

Pronunciation: (strin'junt), [key]
— adj.
  1. rigorously binding or exacting; strict; severe: stringent laws.
  2. compelling, constraining, or urgent: stringent necessity.
  3. convincing or forcible: stringent arguments.
  4. (of the money market) characterized by a shortage in money for loan or investment purposes; tight.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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