Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Requiring immediate action; pressing: synonym: urgent.
  • adjective Having or making urgent demands; demanding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Urgently requiring: exacting.
  • noun An urgent occasion; an occasion that calls for immediate aid or action; an exigency.
  • noun End; extremity.
  • noun In English law, formerly, a writ preliminary to outlawry, which lay where the defendant could not be found, or after a return of non est inventus on former writs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Exigency; pressing necessity; decisive moment.
  • noun (o. Eng. Law) The name of a writ in proceedings before outlawry.
  • adjective Exacting or requiring immediate aid or action; pressing; critical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Urgent; needing immediate action.
  • adjective Demanding; needing great effort.
  • noun archaic Extremity; end; limit; pressing urgency
  • noun obsolete, UK, law The name of a writ in proceedings before outlawry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective requiring precise accuracy
  • adjective demanding attention

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin exigēns, exigent-, present participle of exigere, to demand; see exact.]

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From Latin exigēns, present active participle of exigō ("demand, require").

Examples

  • For his own system he claims the merit of establishing an invariable mode of causality, namely, that in every case by the sacrament validly received there is conferred a "title exigent of grace".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • A couple things, have you ever heard of the word exigent?

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  • Sacraments are practical signs of an intentional order: they manifest God's intention to give spiritual benefits; this manifestation of the Divine intention is a title exigent of grace (op. cit., 59 sq., 123 sq.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • (d) All admit that the sacraments are, in some sense, the instrumental causes either of grace itself or of something else which will be a "title exigent of grace" (infra e).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • BELL: Now, under the law, police may enter a home without knocking if certain so-called exigent circumstances exist.

    CNN Transcript Aug 7, 2008

  • The third area addressed by the inspector general relates to what is called exigent (ph) letters.

    CNN Transcript Mar 9, 2007

  • Well, that is very similar to the situation of the cop who hears screams from a house and doesn’t have time to go get a warrant †it’s called exigent circumstances and it can authorize action without a warrant in those kind of pressing circumstances.

    Firedoglake » Out of Control

  • These so-called exigent letters, which were often used when no emergency actually existed, were an extralegal contrivance that violated ECPA, bureau policy, and guidelines issued by the attorney general.

    Reason Magazine

  • The inspector general's previous reports concluded the FBI's use of the so-called exigent letters circumvented the requirements of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and violated the attorney general's guidelines and FBI policy.

    Breaking News - The Post Chronicle

  • These so-called exigent letters, which were often used when no emergency actually existed, were an extralegal contrivance that violated ECPA, bureau policy, and guidelines issued by the attorney general.

    Jihad Monitor

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  • "No news was good news for a short time yet, and I welcomed the immediate realities of triage and treatment as a refuge from imagination.

    Nothing else looked exigent. Men were still straggling in... If any of them needed me, she would call."

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 905

    January 26, 2010