- 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 exigencies
I think we handled it as well as we could have, given the exigencies of production.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Not a country, but a house in London, where the exigencies of living together creates its own brand of tension?This Week’s Hot Reads: August 26, 2013
Cameron Martin, Thomas Flynn
August 26, 2013
But the exigencies of making ends meet prompted him to make some questionable financial decisions.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 22, 2013
July 22, 2013
The exigencies of the political calendar have a tendency to wreck even the best-laid plans.The Debt Crisis Comes Home
David A. Graham
July 30, 2011
Instantly, he was all alert to meet the exigencies of the situation.Within the Law
The exigencies of practical affairs will not allow this endless balancing.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 3 of 3)
It has to do with conditioning the human being for the exigencies of life in peace or in war.College Teaching
She did not know how to defend herself from their importunities, insolence and exigencies.Chance
The soldier has all that he can do to attend to the exigencies of the battle.
- the state of being exigent; urgency
- (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
- an emergency
Word Origin and History for exigencies
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).