What does the word stringent mean?

Usage examples for stringent

  1. By the law requiring freemen to be church- members the elders meant to grasp the key to the suffrage, but experience soon proved that more stringent regulation was needed. – The Emancipation of Massachusetts by Brooks Adams
  2. This is true because of the stringent cost- conscious economy program inaugurated in the Defense Department, and followed by the other departments of Government. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  3. Now we have a triple message from the Apostle himself- his greeting to Laodicea, his message as to the interchange of letters with that Church, and his grave, stringent charge to Archippus. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren