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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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Examples from the Web for exigent
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  • But the claims of exigent ladies were not the only reason that determined Dr. Grant to acquire a house at the seaside.

    Rich Relatives Compton Mackenzie
  • Charles immediately revealed the full and exigent nature of his demands.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • Any great artist is far too perceptive and too exigent to be satisfied with that effect, and hence in vanity he seeks solace.

    And Even Now Max Beerbohm
  • I assure you I'll try to be just as critical and exigent as she would be.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Nevertheless, so exigent was this strait, she continued to confront him with a face of unflinching defiance.

    Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
  • Among non-combatant enthusiasts she would be the most exigent.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • He thought bitterly of the exigent Jane, whom he recollected dimly as a tall female with teeth.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • The members of the Committee became more and more peremptory and exigent in their relations with Markov.

    The Russian Turmoil Anton Ivanovich Denikin
  • exigent, eks′i-jent, adj. pressing: demanding immediate attention or action.

  • He counsels me not to be exigent in my terms; if he knew me better, perhaps, he would not have deemed the advice so necessary.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
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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