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Monday, February 11, 2002

Definitions for exigent

  1. Requiring immediate aid or action; pressing; critical.
  2. Requiring much effort or expense; demanding; exacting.

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Citations for exigent
Legislative sessions are long, constituents' demands are exigent, policy problems are increasingly complicated. Anthony King, The Atlantic
An exception to the warrant rule was established when exigent circumstances required officials to act immediately. Warren Richey, Christian Science Monitor
Origin of exigent
late Middle English
1400-1450
Exigent is derived from the present participle of Latin exigere, "to demand."