Definition of exigency
- exceptionally quick in responding to the exigencies of modern warfare
- —D. B. Ottaway
- a leader must act in any sudden exigency
the exigencies requiring snap decisions that traders on the stock exchange face every day
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: something that is necessary in a particular situation
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