- 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.
Origin of exigency
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Examples from the Web for exigence
Not that he belittled the exigence of Truth; he did but insist on a proper separation.American Sketches
Now this is an amount of exigence which can never be realised.
He is there to chasten and judge; He is there "for exigence of every hour."Notes on the Book of Leviticus
C. H. Mackintosh
We have simply to draw upon Him, for exigence of every hour.Notes on the Book of Deuteronomy, Volume I
Charles Henry Mackintosh
Even while he was speaking, he was struck by his own exigence, and laughed, almost ironically.Bella Donna
- the state of being exigent; urgency
- (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
- an emergency
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).