exigent

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adjective ex·i·gent \ˈek-sə-jənt\

Definition of exigent

  1. 1 :  requiring immediate aid or action exigent circumstances

  2. 2 :  requiring or calling for much :  demanding an exigent client

exigently

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Examples of exigent in a Sentence

  1. started his workday with a flood of exigent matters that required his quick decision

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This writ seemeth to be called an Exigent because it exacteth the party, that is, requireth his expearance or forthcomming, to answer the lawe. Writer John Cowell, referring in 1607 to a writ summoning a person on pain of outlawry, clearly recognized "exigent" as a derivative of Latin exigere, which means "to demand." Over the last five centuries we have demanded a lot from "exigent." It has served as a legal term (as in Cowell's quote), as well as a noun meaning either "an emergency" or "an end or extremity." Nowadays, the adjective is seen frequently in legal contexts referring to "exigent circumstances," such as those used to justify a search by police without a warrant.

Origin and Etymology of exigent

Latin exigent-, exigens, present participle of exigere to demand — more at exact


EXIGENT Defined for English Language Learners

exigent

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Definition of exigent for English Language Learners

  • : requiring immediate attention : needing to be dealt with immediately

  • : expecting much time, attention, effort, etc., from other people


Law Dictionary

exigent

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adjective ex·i·gent \ˈek-sə-jənt\

Legal Definition of exigent

  1. :  requiring immediate aid or action — see also exigent circumstances


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