- 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 exigency
He could quiet the horses, but not a woman, in so vague an exigency.Tiverton Tales
His speaking was unequal, and always rose with the subject and the exigency.Patrick Henry
Moses Coit Tyler
In this exigency the pirate desisted from his plan against the lady.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
But this exigency might arise again; indeed, most frequently did arise.The Story of the Outlaw
Riley obeyed the call of the exigency; but Forsythe resisted.The Wreck of the Titan
- the state of being exigent; urgency
- (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
- an emergency
Word Origin and History for exigency
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).