exigency

[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.
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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exigency

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
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French exigence or directly from Latin exigentia, from exigentem (nominative exigens), present participle of exigere (see exact (v.)).

exigency

n.

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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