[ek-si-juh nt]


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

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
Related formsex·i·gent·ly, adverbnon·ex·i·gent, adjectivenon·ex·i·gent·ly, adverbun·ex·i·gent, adjectiveun·ex·i·gent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for exigent

Historical Examples of exigent

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

  • In that case perhaps M. Bertrand des Amis would not be too exigent.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for exigent



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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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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