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[ek-si-juh n-see, ig-zij-uh n-] /ˈɛk sɪ dʒən si, ɪgˈzɪdʒ ən-/
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.
Origin of exigency
1575-85; < Medieval Latin exigentia. See exigent, -ency
3. crisis, contingency, plight, strait; predicament, fix, pinch. Unabridged
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  • Policy and procedure manuals mushroom up for any exigency.
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  • 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.
  • Declare financial exigency, or whatever in your system must be declared, to permit the layoff of faculty and staff members.
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  • Employer approval also is not required when intermittent or reduced schedule leave is necessary due to a qualifying exigency.
  • For leave because of a qualifying exigency, it would depend on which qualifying exigency the employee is using leave for.
  • The amendments change eligibility criteria for qualifying exigency and covered service member leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for exigency


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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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