Definition of exigent in English:



  • Pressing; demanding.

    ‘the exigent demands of the music took a toll on her voice’
    • ‘Once they alerted to the car, the cops had reasonable suspicion plus exigent circumstances (the danger), so they had extra good justification to search.’
    • ‘Attaining some distance from the social world and thinking about its transformation from that vantage point may be useful, even if return to life within this social world, or some successor of it, seems ethically and practically exigent.’
    • ‘A proper respect for the laws that Congress does enact-as well as the inalienable right to liberty-prohibits this court from rewriting the law, no matter how exigent the circumstances.’
    • ‘There is an exigent need for the affected countries to move beyond words and put their economies on sound economic paths, and more importantly, draw up effective programmes to fight poverty.’
    • ‘The scheme is a thoughtful and original response to what must be the increasingly exigent demands of the London restaurateur who has to contend with the changing fashions of a capricious clientele.’
    serious, important, all-important, profound, significant, momentous, weighty, of great consequence
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Early 17th century: from Latin exigent- completing, ascertaining from the verb exigere (see exact).