- 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.
- calling for immediate action or attention; urgent; critical
- requiring more than is reasonable; demanding; exacting
Origin of exigentClassical Latin exigens, present participle of exigere, to drive out: see exact
- Requiring immediate action; pressing: an exigent need. See Synonyms at urgent.
- Having or making urgent demands; demanding: “Some citizens &ellipsis; seized the offending material and made a bonfire of it &ellipsis; to the gratification of an exigent crowd” (Garry Wills).
Origin of exigentLatin exigēns, exigent-, present participle of exigere, to demand; see exact.
(comparative more exigent, superlative most exigent)
- (archaic) Extremity; end; limit; pressing urgency
From Latin exigēns, present active participle of exigō (“demand, require”).