• (British, America) IPA: /ˈɛk.sɪ.dʒənt/, /ˈɛɡ.zɪ.dʒənt/


  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; requiring great effort.
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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. (archaic) The amount that is required.
  3. (obsolete, UK, legal) A writ in proceedings before outlawry.
  • Russian: кра́йность

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