exigent

When you describe something as exigent, you are saying it requires attention: it can't be ignored.

Exigent, which means "demanding attention," comes from the Latin for "driving out." If there's a runaway train driving straight at you, that's an exigent situation — not a good time to stop and write a poem. When circumstances become exigent, it's time to act. When exigent questions arise, an answer is necessary. You can also use exigent for a person who demands attention, usually by complaining. If you've ever worked as a waiter, you've surely dealt with an exigent customer.

Definitions of exigent
1

adj demanding attention

“"regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken”
Synonyms:
clamant, crying, insistent, instant
imperative
requiring attention or action

adj requiring precise accuracy

“became more exigent over his pronunciation”
Synonyms:
exacting
demanding
requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.