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[ek-si-juh nt] /ˈɛk sɪ dʒənt/
requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing.
requiring a great deal, or more than is reasonable.
Also, exigeant.
Origin of exigent
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin exigent- (stem of exigēns) (present participle of exigere to drive out, demand), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -ig- (combining form of agere to drive) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
exigently, adverb
nonexigent, adjective
nonexigently, adverb
unexigent, adjective
unexigently, adverb Unabridged
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  • This is one of the most exigent problems facing the profession today.
  • How much and what type of urgency constitutes an exigent circumstance? .
  • The exigent time scale of the evolutionary crisis still has not captured their attention.
  • We are all so greedy, so demanding, and so exigent nowadays.
  • Each stage is a new act in life, and each one requires the player to portray a more complex and exigent role.
  • Despite a reputation for being exigent-a tightly coiled spring-he is remarkably considerate toward his sitters.
  • Her exigent private manner is balanced, in public, by a universal graciousness.
British Dictionary definitions for exigent


urgent; pressing
exacting; demanding
Derived Forms
exigently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exigere to drive out, weigh out, from agere to drive, compel
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Word Origin and History for exigent

1660s, "urgent," a back-formation from exigency or else from Latin exigentem (nominative exigens), present participle of exigere "to demand" (see exact (v.)).

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