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emergency

[ih-mur-juh n-see] /ɪˈmɜr dʒən si/
noun, plural emergencies.
1.
a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
2.
a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event:
a weather emergency; a financial emergency.
adjective
3.
granted, used, or for use in an emergency:
an emergency leave; emergency lights.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Medieval Latin ēmergentia, equivalent to ēmerg- (see emerge) + -entia -ency. See emergent
Related forms
nonemergency, adjective, noun, plural nonemergencies.
postemergency, adjective
preemergency, adjective, noun, plural preemergencies.
Synonyms
1. exigency, extremity, pinch, quandary, plight. Emergency, crisis, straits refer to dangerous situations. An emergency is a situation demanding immediate action: A power failure created an emergency in transportation. A crisis is a vital or decisive turning point in a condition or state of affairs, and everything depends on the outcome of it: Help arrived when affairs had reached a crisis. Strait (usually straits ) suggests a pressing situation, often one of need or want: The family was in desperate straits for food and clothing.
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British Dictionary definitions for preemergency

emergency

/ɪˈmɜːdʒənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
  1. an unforeseen or sudden occurrence, esp of a danger demanding immediate remedy or action
  2. (as modifier): an emergency exit
2.
  1. a patient requiring urgent treatment
  2. (as modifier): an emergency ward
3.
state of emergency, a condition, declared by a government, in which martial law applies, usually because of civil unrest or natural disaster
4.
(NZ) a player selected to stand by to replace an injured member of a team; reserve
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Word Origin and History for preemergency

emergency

n.

"unforeseen occurrence requiring immediate attention," 1630s, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergere (see emerge). Or from emerge + -ency.

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