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[ur-juh n-see] /ˈɜr dʒən si/
noun, plural urgencies.
urgent character; imperativeness; insistence; importunateness.
urgencies, urgent requirements or needs.
Origin of urgency
1530-40; < Late Latin urgentia pressure; see urgent, -ency
Related forms
superurgency, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for urgency
  • Follow the therapy recommended by your doctor to treat the underlying cause of your urinary frequency or urgency.
  • There's not much time to marvel at it all because of the urgency of our work.
  • Avoiding news also somehow seems to take the urgency out of life.
  • But after the storm these efforts had a new urgency.
  • The urgency of dealing with climate change means that many countries are drawing up national policies to limit emissions.
  • But it does want to inject a sense of urgency into discussions of climate change to encourage research.
  • As a result, he said, system administrators didn't understand the urgency of the situation.
  • For the same reason we're not doing so today: distractions and a lack of urgency.
  • Cap-and-trade politics suddenly take on a new urgency.
  • Moreover, by working with the military, our intellectual endeavors can have a new sense of urgency and purpose.
Word Origin and History for urgency

1530s; see urgent + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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urgency in Medicine

urgency ur·gen·cy (ûr'jən-sē)
A strong desire to urinate, accompanied by a fear of leakage.

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