One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An officer of the Court of Common Pleas who made out all exigents and proclamations in cases relating to outlawry. Also: a similar officer of the Court of King's (or Queen's) Bench in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Acts of Parliament. From Anglo-Norman and Law French exigenter from exigent + -er.
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