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[ek-si-juhn-see, ig-zij-uhn-]
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noun, plural ex·i·gen·cies.
  1. exigent state or character; urgency.
  2. Usually exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life.
  3. a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency: He promised help in any exigency.
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Also ex·i·gence.

Origin of exigency

From the Medieval Latin word exigentia, dating back to 1575–85. See exigent, -ency

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Related Words for exigence

exigency, necessity, need, requirement, want, exigencies, needs, requirements, circumstance, climacteric, crossroad, difficulty, dilemma, emergency, fix, hardship, head, juncture, pickle, pinch

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Historical Examples of exigence

  • Not that he belittled the exigence of Truth; he did but insist on a proper separation.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • 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."

  • We have simply to draw upon Him, for exigence of every hour.

  • Even while he was speaking, he was struck by his own exigence, and laughed, almost ironically.

    Bella Donna

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for exigence


exigence (ˈɛksɪdʒəns)

noun plural -gencies or -gences
  1. the state of being exigent; urgency
  2. (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
  3. 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.)).

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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).

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