- The definition of exigent is pressing, demanding or urgent.
- When a terrorist is insisting that his wishes be complied with or he will begin killing hostages, his demands are an example of exigent demands.
- When a suspect in a drug cash is heard flushing the drug evidence down the toilet, this is an example of exigent circumstances that would justify a police officer entering without a search warrant.
exigent definition by Webster's New World
- calling for immediate action or attention; urgent; critical
- requiring more than is reasonable; demanding; exacting
Origin: Classical Latin exigens, present participle of exigere, to drive out: see exact
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- exigently adverb
exigent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Requiring immediate action or remedy. See Synonyms at urgent.
- Requiring much effort or expense; demanding.
Origin: Latin exigēns, exigent-, present participle of exigere, to demand; see exact.
- exˈi·gent·ly adverb