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[ek-si-juh n-see, ig-zij-uh n-] /ˈɛk sɪ dʒən si, ɪgˈzɪdʒ ən-/
noun, plural exigencies.
exigent state or character; urgency.
Usually, exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.:
the exigencies of city life.
a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency:
He promised help in any exigency.
Also, exigence.
Origin of exigency
From the Medieval Latin word exigentia, dating back to 1575-85. See exigent, -ency
3. crisis, contingency, plight, strait; predicament, fix, pinch. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In an exigence so abrupt and so little foreseen, I was again subjected to the empire of mechanical and habitual impulses.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • Not that he belittled the exigence of Truth; he did but insist on a proper separation.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • We have simply to draw upon Him, for exigence of every hour.

  • He is there to chasten and judge; He is there "for exigence of every hour."

  • Before I had been many months in the shop Mr Brookes was able to leave when any exigence required his immediate attendance.

    Japhet, In Search Of A Father Frederick Marryat
  • The exigence on one side, the manly resistance on the other, must have led to constant misunderstanding.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • Even while he was speaking, he was struck by his own exigence, and laughed, almost ironically.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • It is a great thing to be able to trust God before the sons of men, to confess His sufficiency for our every exigence.

    The Great Commission C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • He will prove a more faithful friend to you in your exigence, and a better companion, than one of your own species.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat
  • We cannot tell the moment in which some exigence may present itself for which Scripture has already provided.

British Dictionary definitions for exigence


/ˈɛksɪdʒənsɪ; ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsɪ/
noun (pl) -gencies, -gences
the state of being exigent; urgency
(often pl) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
an emergency
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Word Origin and History for exigence

mid-15c., from Middle French exigence or directly from Latin exigentia, from exigentem (nominative exigens), present participle of exigere (see exact (v.)).



1580s, from Middle French exigence, from Latin exigentia "urgency," from exigentem (nominative exigens), from exigere "to demand, require; drive out" (see exact (v.)). Related: Exigencies (1650s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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