noun, plural ex·i·gen·cies.
Origin of exigency
Examples from the Web for exigency
By this standard legislative bodies have been wont to judge the exigency of this mighty question.
Thus has poor mortality been beaten and shapen on the anvils of compulsion and exigency.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
Amongst the tales of Mr Poe are several papers which, we suppose, in the exigency of language, we must denominate philosophical.
It is a substance which we are ever in want of; it is therefore deposited on every side, and is ready for every exigency.The Mosaic History of the Creation of the World|Thomas Wood
There is no exigency which should be allowed to overawe Congress in the performance of its constitutional duties.A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention|Lucius Eugene Chittenden
British Dictionary definitions for exigency
noun plural -gencies or -gences
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).