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1. Requiring immediate action; pressing: an exigent need. See Synonyms at urgent.
2. Having or making urgent demands; demanding: "Some citizens ... seized the offending material and made a bonfire of it ... to the gratification of an exigent crowd" (Garry Wills).
[Latin exigēns, exigent-, present participle of exigere, to demand; see exact.]
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1. urgent; pressing
2. exacting; demanding
[C15: from Latin exigere to drive out, weigh out, from agere to drive, compel]
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ex•i•gent(ˈɛk sɪ dʒənt)
1. requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing.
2. requiring a great deal, or more than is reasonable.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin exigent-, s. of exigēns, present participle of exigere to drive out, demand; see exact]
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exigent- A good word to write on letters or packages, since everyone else writes "urgent" or "rush."
See also related terms for rush.
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|Adj.||1.||exigent - demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need"; "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need"|
imperative - requiring attention or action; "as nuclear weapons proliferate, preventing war becomes imperative"; "requests that grew more and more imperative"
|2.||exigent - requiring precise accuracy; "an exacting job"; "became more exigent over his pronunciation"|
demanding - requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill; "found the job very demanding"; "a baby can be so demanding"
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1. Compelling immediate attention:
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