[ 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.

  1. a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency: He promised help in any exigency.

Origin of exigency

From the Medieval Latin word exigentia, dating back to 1575–85. See exigent, -ency
  • Also ex·i·gence .

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British Dictionary definitions for exigency


exigence (ˈɛksɪdʒəns)

/ (ˈɛksɪdʒənsɪ, ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsɪ) /

nounplural -gencies or -gences
  1. the state of being exigent; urgency

  2. (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement

  1. an emergency

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