Definition of exigency
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
2a : the quality or state of being exigentb : a state of affairs that makes urgent demands a leader must act in any sudden exigency
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the exigencies requiring snap decisions that traders on the stock exchange face every day
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On the Jersey Shore boardwalk, the U.S. students who are working for an hourly wage acknowledge the new exigencies with a nod.
The exigencies of the time meant that the buildings went up faster than their performance could be assessed—or than improvements to their design could be implemented.
A bad workshop leader will likely make only cosmetic suggestions (change this word, move this line, etc., or as Nguyen suggests, be insensitive or unaware of the political or philosophical exigencies of the subject).
Although several cases involved suspected suicidal individuals, missing phones and at least three threats to public officials, some cases appear to not truly fit the standard of exigency.
This discovery was not enough to survive the exigencies of the Washington real estate market.
The harsh exigencies of life in suburbs of Paris and Brussels have more power to convince than do even the most rational pleas to renounce violence.
The project, once conceived as a book, came with exigencies.
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: something that is necessary in a particular situation
Legal Definition of exigency
1 : that which is required in a particular situation —usually used in plural
2a : the quality or state of being exigent b : a state of affairs that makes urgent demands
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