Exigent definition

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Having or making urgent demands; demanding.
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Requiring more than is reasonable; demanding; exacting.
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Demanding; needing great effort.
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Requiring immediate action; pressing.

An exigent need.

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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.

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Requiring immediate action; pressing.

An exigent need.

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Having or making urgent demands; demanding.
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Calling for immediate action or attention; urgent; critical.
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(archaic) Extremity; end; limit; pressing urgency.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
exigent
Plural:
exigents

Origin of exigent

  • Latin exigēns exigent- present participle of exigere to demand exact

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin exigēns exigent- present participle of exigere to demand exact

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin exigēns, present active participle of exigō (“demand, require”).

    From Wiktionary