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 for exigent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exigent \Ex`i*gent\, a. [L. exigens, -entis, p. pr. of exigere
     to drive out or forth, require, exact. See Exact.]
     Exacting or requiring immediate aid or action; pressing;
     critical. "At this exigent moment." --Burke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exigent \Ex"i*gent\, n.
     1. Exigency; pressing necessity; decisive moment. [Obs.]
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              Why do you cross me in this exigent?  --Shak.
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     2. (o. Eng. Law) The name of a writ in proceedings before
        outlawry. --Abbott.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: demanding attention; "clamant needs"; "a crying need";
             "regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"-
             H.L.Mencken; "insistent hunger"; "an instant need" [syn:
             clamant, crying, exigent, insistent, instant]
      2: requiring precise accuracy; "an exacting job"; "became more
         exigent over his pronunciation" [syn: exigent, exacting]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  95 Moby Thesaurus words for "exigent":
     Spartan, Spartanic, accurate, acute, astringent, attentive,
     austere, authoritarian, burdensome, burning, charged, choiceless,
     clamant, clamorous, climacteric, close, compelling, compulsory,
     conscientious, correct, critical, crucial, crying, decisive,
     delicate, demanding, detailed, dour, draining, emergent, exact,
     exacting, exorbitant, exquisite, extortionate, fine, finical,
     finicking, finicky, fussy, grasping, grievous, grim, harsh,
     high-pressure, high-priority, imperative, imperious, importunate,
     insistent, instant, kairotic, loaded, loud, mandatory, menacing,
     meticulous, minute, narrow, necessary, necessitous, nice,
     obligatory, oppressive, particular, persistent, pertinacious,
     pivotal, precise, precisianistic, precisionistic, pregnant,
     pressing, punctilious, punctual, refined, religious, rigid,
     rigorous, rugged, scrupulous, scrutinizing, severe, stern, strict,
     stringent, subtle, superincumbent, taxing, threatening, tough,
     unsparing, urgent, weighty, without choice

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  EXIGENT, or EXIGI FACIAS, practice. A writ issued in the course of 
  proceedings to outlawry, deriving its name and application from the 
  mandatory words found therein, signifying, "that you cause to be exacted or 
  required; and it is that proceeding in an outlawry which, with the writ of 
  proclamation, issued at the same time, immediately precedes the writ of 
  capias utlagatum. 2 Virg. Cas. 244. 

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