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. adjective
    demanding attention
    “"regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous"- H.L.Mencken”
    synonyms: clamant, crying, insistent, instant
    requiring attention or action
  2. adjective
    requiring precise accuracy
    “became more exigent over his pronunciation”
    synonyms: exacting
    requiring more than usually expected or thought due; especially great patience and effort and skill
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