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exigency definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a pressing or urgent situation; "the health-care exigency"
2: a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency" [syn: emergency, exigency, pinch]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -cies) Date: 1581 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> Synonyms: see juncture

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) (also exigence) 1 an urgent need or demand. 2 an emergency. Etymology: F exigence & LL exigentia (as EXIGENT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Exigency Ex"i*gen*cy, n.; pl. Exigencies. [LL. exigentia: cf. F. exigence.] The state of being exigent; urgent or exacting want; pressing necessity or distress; need; a case demanding immediate action, supply, or remedy; as, an unforeseen exigency. ``The present exigency of his affairs.'' --Ludlow. Syn: Demand; urgency; distress; pressure; emergency; necessity; crisis.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(exigencies) The exigencies of a situation or a job are the demands or difficulties that you have to deal with as part of it. (FORMAL) ...the exigencies of a wartime economy. N-COUNT: usu pl, usu N of n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. See exigence

Moby Thesaurus

case of need, climacteric, clutch, compulsion, constraint, contingency, convergence of events, crisis, critical juncture, critical point, crossroads, crucial period, crunch, demandingness, dire necessity, drive, emergency, exigence, extremity, high pressure, hinge, immediacy, imperative, imperativeness, importunacy, importunateness, importunity, impulse, impulsion, insistence, matter of necessity, pass, persistence, pertinaciousness, pertinacity, pinch, predicament, press, pressingness, pressure, push, rash impulse, rub, strait, stress, tension, turn, turning, turning point, urge, urgency, urgent need




 


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