exigency

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noun ex·i·gen·cy \ ˈek-sə-jən(t)-sē , ig-ˈzi-jən(t)- \

Definition of exigency

plural exigencies
1 :that which is required in a particular situation usually used in plural
  • exceptionally quick in responding to the exigencies of modern warfare
  • —D. B. Ottaway
2 a :the quality or state of being exigent
b :a state of affairs that makes urgent demands
  • a leader must act in any sudden exigency

Examples of exigency in a Sentence

  1. the exigencies requiring snap decisions that traders on the stock exchange face every day

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First Known Use of exigency

1588

Synonym Discussion of exigency

juncture, exigency, emergency, contingency, pinch, strait (or straits) crisis mean a critical or crucial time or state of affairs. juncture stresses the significant concurrence or convergence of events.
    • an important juncture in our country's history
exigency stresses the pressure of restrictions or urgency of demands created by a special situation.
    • provide for exigencies
emergency applies to a sudden unforeseen situation requiring prompt action to avoid disaster.
    • the presence of mind needed to deal with emergencies
contingency implies an emergency or exigency that is regarded as possible but uncertain of occurrence.
    • contingency plans
pinch implies urgency or pressure for action to a less intense degree than exigency or emergency.
    • come through in a pinch
strait, now commonly straits, applies to a troublesome situation from which escape is extremely difficult.
    • in dire straits
crisis applies to a juncture whose outcome will make a decisive difference.
    • a crisis of confidence

EXIGENCY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of exigency for English Language Learners

  • : something that is necessary in a particular situation


Law Dictionary

exigency

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noun ex·i·gen·cy \ ˈek-sə-jən-sē, ik-ˈsi-jən-sē \

legal Definition of exigency

plural exigencies
1 :that which is required in a particular situation usually used in pl.
2 a :the quality or state of being exigent
b :a state of affairs that makes urgent demands

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