[ek-si-juhn-see, ig-zij-uhn-]
noun, plural exigencies.
exigent state or character; urgency.
Usually, exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life.
a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency: He promised help in any exigency.
Also, exigence.

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

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Word Origin & History

1580s, from M.Fr. exigence, from L.L. exigentia "urgency," from L. exigentem (nom. exigens), from exigere "to demand" (see exact). Related: Exigencies.
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Example sentences
Policy and procedure manuals mushroom up for any exigency.
In this exigency government can have no other resource but in borrowing.
However, the present exigency might warrant that another stimulus payments to
  the individuals or family be made.
Owning a cell phone is not a luxury or business exigency, it's a way of life.
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