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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 13th January 2021
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exigent (adjective) EKS-i-jnt

Requiring immediate attention, pressing, demanding, exacting.

Telewarrants, this new form of technology that we have with fax machines, with telephones and with cell phones, increase the possibility that a police officer can do something when faced with exigent circumstances. Exigent circumstances is a newly coined phrase that came out of the decision of the Queen v Feeney. Exigent circumstances often exist in the daily lives of police officers that are faced with very serious situations.

Peter MacKay, Canadian Hansard, 7 November 1997. Canadian Hansard

At the climax of the scene, when Golaud seizes his wife by her long hair and flings her from side to side, the music is as brutal, as "virile," as the most exigent could reasonably demand.

Lawrence Gilman, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. Goodchild Booksellers

Several contenders stress their desire to be an ambassador for the house: promoting, as that experienced sit-downer, Baroness Hayman puts it, "its value and its values". And surely, anyone capable of persuading outsiders that an establishment that enshrines luxury on a scale undreamed of even by the exigent Prescott family, is in fact, dedicated to scrupulous, democratic endeavour, perhaps deserves a salary of £140,000.

Catherine Bennett, The Guardian, 8 June 2006. Guardian

To set a story about Jewish adolescence in a small American town is a very appealing and ambitious idea, not merely for the charm of its unusualness, but because the reality behind the charm is likely to prove an exigent testing ground for the competing claims of individual desires and traditional obligations.

Johanna Kaplan, The New York Times, 25 April 1982, The New York Times
reviewing Lois Ruby's Two Truths in My Pocket Amazon

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