preemergency

emergency

[ih-mur-juhn-see]
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:
1625–35; < Medieval Latin ēmergentia, equivalent to ēmerg- (see emerge) + -entia -ency. See emergent

nonemergency, adjective, noun, plural nonemergencies.
postemergency, adjective
preemergency, adjective, noun, plural preemergencies.


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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emergency (ɪˈmɜːdʒənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  a.  an unforeseen or sudden occurrence, esp of a danger demanding immediate remedy or action
 b.  (as modifier): an emergency exit
2.  a.  a patient requiring urgent treatment
 b.  (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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emergency
"unforeseen occurrence requiring immediate attention," 1630s, from L. emergens, prp. of emergere (see emerge).
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