exigency

  • 1Exigency — Ex i*gen*cy, n.; pl. {Exigencies}. [LL. exigentia: cf. F. exigence.] The state of being exigent; urgent or exacting want; pressing necessity or distress; need; a case demanding immediate action, supply, or remedy; as, an unforeseen exigency. The… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2exigency — ex·i·gen·cy / ek sə jən sē, ik si jən sē/ n pl cies 1: that which is required in a particular situation usu. used in pl. 2 a: the quality or state of being exigent b: a state of affairs that makes urgent demands Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …

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  • 3exigency — UK [ˈeksɪdʒ(ə)nsɪ] / UK [ɪɡˈzɪdʒ(ə)nsɪ] / US [ˈeksɪdʒənsɪ] / US [ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsɪ] or exigence UK [ˈeksɪdʒ(ə)ns] / US [ˈeksɪdʒəns] noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms exigency : singular exigency plural exigencies formal something difficult… …

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  • 4exigency — 1580s, from M.Fr. exigence, from L. exigentia urgency, from L. exigentem (nom. exigens), from exigere to demand, require; drive out (see EXACT (Cf. exact) (v.)). Related: Exigencies (1650s) …

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  • 5exigency — 1 pass, emergency, pinch, strait, crisis, contingency, juncture Analogous words: difficulty, vicissitude, rigor, hardship: *predicament, plight, fix, quandary, dilemma, jam, pickle, scrape 2 necessity, *need Analogous words: demanding or demand,… …

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  • 6exigency — / exigence [n] difficulty; demand acuteness, constraint, contingency, crisis, criticalness, crossroad, demandingness, dilemma, distress, duress, emergency, extremity, fix, hardship, imperativeness, jam, juncture, necessity, need, needfulness,… …

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  • 7exigency — (also exigence) ► NOUN (pl. exigencies) ▪ urgent need or demand. ORIGIN Latin exigentia, from exigere complete, ascertain, enforce …

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  • 8exigency — [eks′əjənseks′ə jən sē; ] also [ eg zij′ənsē, igzij′ən sē] n. pl. exigencies [ML exigentia] 1. the condition or quality of being exigent; urgency 2. a situation calling for immediate action or attention 3. [pl.] pressing needs; demands;… …

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  • 9exigency — noun (plural cies) Date: 1581 1. that which is required in a particular situation usually used in plural < exceptionally quick in responding to the exigencies of modern warfare D. B. Ottaway > 2. a. the quality or state of being exigent b. a&#8230; …

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  • 10exigency — /ek si jeuhn see, ig zij euhn /, n., pl. exigencies. 1. exigent state or character; urgency. 2. Usually, exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life. 3. a case or&#8230; …

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  • 11exigency — noun 1) the exigencies of the continuing war Syn: need, demand, requirement, necessity 2) financial exigency Syn: urgency, crisis, difficulty, pressure …

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  • 12exigency — An urgency; a demand; a need; a requirement; a condition. See public exigency …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 13exigency — noun a) The demands or requirements of a situation (usually plural.) b) An urgent situation. Syn: exigence, necessity, urgency See Also: exigent, exi …

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  • 14exigency — Synonyms and related words: case of need, climacteric, clutch, compulsion, constraint, contingency, convergence of events, crisis, critical juncture, critical point, crossroads, crucial period, crunch, demandingness, dire necessity, drive,&#8230; …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15exigency — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. demand, need, necessity, distress, difficulty, extremity, urgency, pressure, pinch, crisis, emergency, juncture. See circumstance. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A crisis] Syn. emergency, contingency,&#8230; …

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  • 16exigency — ex|i|gen|cy [ eksıdʒənsi, ıg zıdʒənsi ] or ex|i|gence [ eksıdʒəns ] noun count usually plural FORMAL something difficult that you must deal with as part of a situation or job …

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  • 17exigency — [[t]e̱ksɪʤ(ə)nsi[/t]] exigencies N COUNT: usu pl, usu N of n The exigencies of a situation or a job are the demands or difficulties that you have to deal with as part of it. [FORMAL] The reduction was caused by the exigencies of a wartime economy …

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  • 18exigency — n. demand; state of emergency …

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  • 19exigency — [ ɛksɪdʒ(ə)nsi, ɛgzɪ , ɪg zɪ , ɛg zɪ ] (also exigence) noun (plural exigencies) an urgent need or demand. Origin C16: from late L. exigentia, from L. exigere (see exact) …

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  • 20exigency — n. See exigence …

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