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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. 2018.
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  • Instantly, he was all alert to meet the exigencies of the situation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The exigencies of practical affairs will not allow this endless balancing.

  • It has to do with conditioning the human being for the exigencies of life in peace or in war.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • She did not know how to defend herself from their importunities, insolence and exigencies.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • The soldier has all that he can do to attend to the exigencies of the battle.

  • For, dear soul, it would be so hard to explain to her the exigencies of school form.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for exigencies


/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 exigencies



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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