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[ur-juh n-see]
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noun, plural ur·gen·cies.
  1. urgent character; imperativeness; insistence; importunateness.
  2. urgencies, urgent requirements or needs.

Origin of urgency

1530–40; < Late Latin urgentia pressure; see urgent, -ency
Related formssu·per·ur·gen·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for urgencies

Historical Examples

  • 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

Word Origin and History for urgencies



1530s; see urgent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

urgencies in Medicine


([object Object])
  1. A strong desire to urinate, accompanied by a fear of leakage.
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