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  • The school has a stringent dress code.
  • but professional honour and faith to his dead friend were stringent obligations;
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • At the very least, I am somewhat troubled that this child was not held to the same stringent application standards (i.e. interview) that the rest of the incoming middle-school students were.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • The Chinese government has in vain attempted to deal with the evil by stringent laws.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days

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  • I’ve never asked him, but I’m sure he has a fairly stringent policy about random teenagers lurking in his shrubbery.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • And while we were jumping in and out of the pool and the Pacific, we were also subjected to a stringent regime of physical training, high-pressure calisthenics.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Regulations were stringent, and his data never was obtained from a reliable source, but always were obtained.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Perhaps, they reasoned, the poor, stringent lives they led in Maidan Sabz had worked in their favor, as their children weren’t as well fed and didn’t have as much meat on their bones.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • And I might add that adaptability is the one characteristic most stringently required at present by laws other than those of nature.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • According to Judith Greenburg, director of the Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology at the National Institute of General Medical Science, the NIH now has "very stringent guidelines" requiring consent for any tissues collected for their banks.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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  • It amazed him to think the Vatican was failing at every turn to provide coherent, stringent guidelines for spiritual growth and yet somehow still found time to give astrophysics lectures to tourists.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Then you would be required to undergo a stringent series of character and aptitude tests at the Auror office.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • And so swift and decided was the action of the authorities, so prompt and universal was the belief in this strange being, that before nightfall an area of several hundred square miles was in a stringent state of siege.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • The military regulations which had seemed so stringent the year before were now mild by comparison with the ones issued by General Pope.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • What a situation, now, for a patriotic senator, that had been all the week before spurring up the legislature of his native state to pass more stringent resolutions against escaping fugitives, their harborers and abettors!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I should suffer often, no doubt, attached to him only in this capacity: my body would be under rather a stringent yoke, but my heart and mind would be free.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This was an escalation from the previous, slightly less stringent grounding that I’d earned for an unexplained three-day disappearance and one episode of cliff diving.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Beneath his stringent formulation lies a wonderful realization that is actually so simple that everyday language cannot accommodate it.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Each floor was more sterile than the one above; the first floor was nonsterile, the second moderately sterile, the third stringently sterile, and so on.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • It was a test of mental and physical toughness far fairer - but no less stringent - than the Spartan exposure of new-born babies.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • "No, no!" she said, drawing back stringently, and wiping her eyes.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • There is a certain stringency to life, a willful doing without.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • He only begged just enough to save himself, for the laws against mendicancy were stringent, and the penalties heavy; so he put in a good deal of his time listening to good Father Andrew’s charming old tales and legends about giants and fairies, dwarfs and genii, and enchanted castles, and gorgeous kings and princes.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • My scientific education, on the other hand, was something less than stringent.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • His gaze wanders over her — the pale oval of her face, her stringent and bloodless hair, her crackling black silk waist, her abrupt white edgings of lace.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • — and in any case, we have put stringent security measures in place this year.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • I fear, however, that in my anxiety to win the support of Mrs Clements and the girls, I did not perhaps assess quite as stringently my own limitations; and although my experience and customary caution in such matters prevented my giving myself more than I could actually carry out, I was perhaps negligent over this question of allowing myself a margin.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I would not believe anything worse of him except under stringent proof.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Now this was not strictly true; but that something about the young man—that hyperborean crispness, stringency, and charm, as of a well-braced musical instrument, which had awakened the interest of Henchard, and of Elizabeth-Jane and of the Three Mariners’ jovial crew, at sight, made his unexpected presence here attractive to Lucetta.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Vorster also championed the Sabotage Act of June 1962, which allowed for house arrests and more stringent bannings not subject to challenge in the court, restricting the liberties of citizens to those in the most extreme fascist dictatorships.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The city of Charleston, in the green feathery modesty of its palms, in the certitude of its style, in the economy and stringency of its lines, and the serenity of its mansions South of Broad Street, is a feast for the human eye.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …without legislation either for or against slavery, thus running directly contrary to the hotly debated Wilmot Proviso which was intended to prohibit slavery in the new territories; (3) Texas was to be compensated for some territory to be ceded to New Mexico; (4) the slave trade would be abolished in the District of Columbia; and (5) a more stringent and enforceable Fugitive Slave Law was to be enacted to guarantee return to their masters of runaway slaves captured in Northern states.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Clearly they could want nothing but a stringent policeman.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • In December, 1849, most of the speeches made in Congress dealt with the need for a more stringent fugitive slave law.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • Theresa’s salary was barely enough; they were economizing less stringently than before, but still had to watch their expenses.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • But the expenses of her profession were more stringent than she’d anticipated when she’d dreamed away in her pretty room in Toledo.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The Prefect’s riposte to criticisms echoed by the press-Could not the regulations be modified and made less stringent?-was somewhat unexpected.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Why do we police ourselves so stringently—whittling each other down with cutting remarks or holding ourselves back from greatness with a harness woven of fear and shame and longing?
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • It is evident that these mutual obligations did not originate in the law of nature, but in the law of society; and that the claim of social duty was more stringent than that of mere humanity.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Promiscuous breeding has produced a weakness of character that is too timid to face the full stringency of a thoroughly competitive struggle for existence and too lazy and petty to organize the commonwealth co-operatively.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • "I am, with an ardor that words have not power to express, yours," he had closed a letter to Abigail, and though her wish that he be less stringent in his expressions of affection was entirely understandable, there was never a question about the depth of his feelings or his devotion to her.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Of course, this editor was immediately arrested by the military power; but his bold words were already in the hands of the public, and produced a great effect: so great an effect that the Government, after some vacillation, withdrew the state of siege; though at the same time it strengthened the military organisation and made it more stringent.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • DURING THE 1990s, the federal government (which is supposed to ensure food safety) applied standards to the meat it purchased for schools that were much less stringent than the standards applied by the fast food industry (which is responsible for much of the current threat to food safety).
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • All of our missions are, of course, highly classified, and we do not talk loosely, but other branches of the services are not so stringently trained as we are, and no one takes any chances.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Therefore, more stringent controls are necessary.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Only that still more stringent measures should be applied.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Yet she decided that she would not permit this new and stringent law to interfere with her plan to keep guiding slaves out of Dorchester County.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • You can’t make more stringent ones than those we have now.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • However stringent the precautions, sooner or later contagion did its work.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Eventually, I got out of bed and slowly resumed my daily routines, by which I mean the stringent essentials a person must tend to in order to remain functional and nominally civil.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
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