- 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 exigences
This may be fully allowed, yet it does not meet the exigences of the case.The Romance of Natural History, Second Series
Philip Henry Gosse
Again I ask, who is to be judge when the exigences of trade require it?Political Pamphlets
These exigences led to strenuous scenes in the Assembly, and the succession of Regents became still more rapid.South America
W. H. Koebel
Miss Lillah McCarthy sacrificed something of her personality to the exigences of a flaxen chevelure.
Consequently, there are many who, though hard pressed by the exigences of nature, never use the place.Life in a Railway Factory
- the state of being exigent; urgency
- (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
- an emergency
Word Origin and History for exigences
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).