exigence

exigency

[ek-si-juhn-see, ig-zij-uhn-]
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:
1575–85; < Medieval Latin exigentia. See exigent, -ency


3. crisis, contingency, plight, strait; predicament, fix, pinch.
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exigency or exigence (ˈɛksɪdʒənsɪ, ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsɪ, ˈɛksɪdʒəns)
 
n , pl -gencies, -gences
1.  the state of being exigent; urgency
2.  (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
3.  an emergency
 
exigence or exigence
 
n

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exigency
1580s, from M.Fr. exigence, from L.L. exigentia "urgency," from L. exigentem (nom. exigens), from exigere "to demand" (see exact). Related: Exigencies.

exigence
1580s, from Fr. exigence, from L. exigentia, from exigentem, prp. of exigere (see exact).
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