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exigency

[ek-si-juh n-see, ig-zij-uh n-] /ˈɛk sɪ dʒən si, ɪgˈzɪdʒ ən-/
noun, plural exigencies.
1.
exigent state or character; urgency.
2.
Usually, exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.:
the exigencies of city life.
3.
a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency:
He promised help in any exigency.
Also, exigence.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Medieval Latin exigentia. See exigent, -ency
Synonyms
3. crisis, contingency, plight, strait; predicament, fix, pinch.
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British Dictionary definitions for exigence

exigency

/ˈɛksɪdʒənsɪ; ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsɪ/
noun (pl) -gencies, -gences
1.
the state of being exigent; urgency
2.
(often pl) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
3.
an emergency
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Word Origin and History for exigence
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French exigence or directly from Latin exigentia, from exigentem (nominative exigens), present participle of exigere (see exact (v.)).

exigency

n.

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).

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