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exigent

[ek-si-juh nt] /ˈɛk sɪ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing.
2.
requiring a great deal, or more than is reasonable.
Also, exigeant.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
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British Dictionary definitions for most exigent

exigent

/ˈɛksɪdʒənt/
adjective
1.
urgent; pressing
2.
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 most exigent

exigent

adj.

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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