exigent

[ ek-si-juh nt ]
/ ˈɛk sɪ dʒənt /

adjective

requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing.
requiring a great deal, or more than is reasonable.

Nearby words

  1. exhortative,
  2. exhumation,
  3. exhume,
  4. exigeant,
  5. exigency,
  6. exigently,
  7. exigible,
  8. exiguity,
  9. exiguous,
  10. exiguously

Also exigeant.

Origin of exigent

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

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British Dictionary definitions for exigent

exigent

/ (ˈɛksɪdʒənt) /

adjective

urgent; pressing
exacting; demanding
Derived Formsexigently, adverb

Word Origin for exigent

C15: from Latin exigere to drive out, weigh out, from agere to drive, compel

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