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[ur-juh n-see] /ˈɜr dʒən si/
noun, plural urgencies.
urgent character; imperativeness; insistence; importunateness.
urgencies, urgent requirements or needs.
Origin of urgency
1530-40; < Late Latin urgentia pressure; see urgent, -ency
Related forms
superurgency, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I wish, indeed, our own were equally alive to the urgencies of the age.

    Cyrus W. Field; his Life and Work Isabella Field Judson
  • My languors were suspended by the urgencies of this occasion.

    Arthur Mervyn Charles Brockden Brown
  • Till now my mind had been swayed by the urgencies of this occasion.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • The urgencies of an early ideal are still upon him, and he will never count himself to have attained.

    Charles Lewis Cocke William Robert Lee Smith
  • Have I, in these latter years, given form and substance and a name to things as vague in themselves as the urgencies of instinct?

    The Passionate Friends Herbert George Wells
  • Colonel Smith, his secretary of legation, was the bearer of his urgencies for my immediate attendance.

  • It seemed the only wise way of disposing of urgencies that might otherwise entangle and wreck the career I was intent upon.

    The New Machiavelli Herbert George Wells
  • It is one thing barely to comply with the urgencies of the case, and to do that which in necessitous circumstances is best.

    Ormond, Volume I (of 3)

    Charles Brockden Brown
  • Frosty had recognized in Andy the same needs and urgencies that were so powerful within himself.

    Swamp Cat James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • With their return to the hut, Marjorie had found herself encountering a new set of urgencies.

    Marriage H. G. Wells
Word Origin and History for urgencies



1530s; see urgent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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urgencies in Medicine

urgency ur·gen·cy (ûr'jən-sē)
A strong desire to urinate, accompanied by a fear of leakage.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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