exigent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈɛk.sɪ.dʒənt/, /ˈɛɡ.zɪ.dʒənt/

Adjective[edit]

exigent (comparative more exigent, superlative most exigent)

  1. Urgent; needing immediate action.
    • 2003, Working Group Report on Detainee Interrogations, U.S. Department of Defence
      Article 2 also provides that acts of torture cannot be justified on the grounds of exigent circumstances, such as state of war or public emergency, or on orders from a superior officer or public authority.
  2. Demanding; needing great effort.

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Noun[edit]

exigent (plural exigents)

  1. (archaic) Extremity; end; limit; pressing urgency
    • 1591, Henry VI, Part 1, by William Shakespeare
      These eyes, like lamps whose wasting oil is spent, \ Wax dim, as drawing to their exigent;
    • 1611, King James' Bible, Preface
      Therefore as one complaineth, that always in the Senate of Rome, [Cicero 5° de finibus.] there was one or other that called for an interpreter: so lest the Church be driven to the like exigent, it is necessary to have translations in a readiness.
  2. (obsolete, UK, law) The name of a writ in proceedings before outlawry.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Abbott to this entry?)

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

exigent m, f (masculine and feminine plural exigents)

  1. exigent

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Verb[edit]

exigent

  1. third-person plural present indicative of exiger
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of exiger

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

exigent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of exigō