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  • The public interest shall include, but not be limited to, exigent circumstances relating to national security or to the economy.
    President Obama's Executive Order on Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel
  • regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous
  • ...Thou art sworn, Eros,
    That when the exigent should come which now
    Is come indeed, when I should see behind me
    Th' inevitable prosecution of
    Disgrace and horror, that on my command,
    Thou then wouldst kill me. Do it. The time is come.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • exigent = moment demanding attention
  • Why do you cross me in this exigent?
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • Martin was not too pleased by the promise, for Tredgold's set were somewhat exigent.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • However, with Rosemary's sudden success in pictures Mrs. Speers felt that it was time she were spiritually weaned; it would please rather than pain her if this somewhat bouncing, breathless and exigent idealism would focus on something except herself.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • In the new law courts—for Fort Mayne was over—the lawyers were as busy as bees, issuing writs for attainder, chancery, chevisance, disseisin, distraint, distress, embracery, exigent, fieri facias, maintenance, replevin, right of way, oyer and terminer, scot and lot, Quorum bonorum, Sic et non, Pro et contra, Jus primae noctis, and Questio quid juris?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She did not want him to be like other men, yet here were the same exigent demands, as if he wanted to take some of herself away, carry it off in his pocket.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Attractive women of nineteen and of twenty-nine are alike in their breezy confidence; on the contrary, the exigent womb of the twenties does not pull the outside world centripetally around itself.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Then she threw off her exigent vis-à-vis with a polite but clipped parting that she had just learned from Dick, and went over to join him.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night

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