Meaning of stringency

strin•gen•cy

Pronunciation: (strin'jun-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
  1. stringent character or condition: the stringency of poverty.
  2. strictness; closeness; rigor: the stringency of school discipline.
  3. tightness; straitness: stringency in the money market.
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