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

  • adj. Requiring immediate action or remedy. See Synonyms at urgent.
  • adj. Requiring much effort or expense; demanding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Urgent; needing immediate action.
  • adj. Demanding; needing great effort.
  • n. Extremity; end; limit; pressing urgency
  • n. The name of a writ in proceedings before outlawry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exacting or requiring immediate aid or action; pressing; critical.
  • n. Exigency; pressing necessity; decisive moment.
  • n. The name of a writ in proceedings before outlawry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Urgently requiring: exacting.
  • n. An urgent occasion; an occasion that calls for immediate aid or action; an exigency.
  • n. End; extremity.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. requiring precise accuracy
  • adj. demanding attention


Latin exigēns, exigent-, present participle of exigere, to demand; see exact.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exigēns, present active participle of exigō ("demand, require"). (Wiktionary)


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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