[ 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

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


/ (ˈɛksɪdʒənt) /


urgent; pressing
exacting; demanding

Derived Forms

exigently, adverb

Word Origin for exigent

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