[ek-si-juhn-see, ig-zij-uhn-]

noun, plural ex·i·gen·cies.

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.

Also ex·i·gence.

Origin of exigency

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

Synonyms for exigency

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Examples from the Web for exigencies

Contemporary Examples of exigencies

Historical Examples of exigencies

  • Instantly, he was all alert to meet the exigencies of the situation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The exigencies of practical affairs will not allow this endless balancing.

  • It has to do with conditioning the human being for the exigencies of life in peace or in war.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • She did not know how to defend herself from their importunities, insolence and exigencies.


    Joseph Conrad

  • The soldier has all that he can do to attend to the exigencies of the battle.

British Dictionary definitions for exigencies


exigence (ˈɛksɪdʒəns)

noun plural -gencies or -gences

the state of being exigent; urgency
(often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
an emergency
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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).

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