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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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Historical Examples
  • Charles immediately revealed the full and exigent nature of his demands.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • In that case perhaps M. Bertrand des Amis would not be too exigent.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • But you are too exigent, monsieur; you assume the husband, and you tease me.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Are we too exigent when we implore the whites to preach by example?

    South America To-day

    Georges Clemenceau
  • So exigent were the needs of the service, he could "run" with impunity.

  • Austria was an exigent ally, and Frederick of Prussia a dangerous foe.

    The Conquest of New France George M. Wrong
  • I assure you I'll try to be just as critical and exigent as she would be.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • And to this exigent demand was added the pang of self-ridicule.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Among non-combatant enthusiasts she would be the most exigent.

    The Guarded Heights Wadsworth Camp
  • And he is a man of talent, there's no denying it, but despotic and exigent.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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