exigency

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French exigence [1], from Late Latin exigentia (urgency) (from exigēns + -ia), from exigere (to demand).

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(General American) IPA(key): [ˈɛɡzɨdʒənsi]

Noun[edit]

exigency (countable and uncountable, plural exigencies)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) The demands or requirements of a situation.
    • 1940 July, Cecil J. Allen, “British Locomotive Practice and Performance”, in Railway Magazine, page 408:
      [...] but these details I am compelled by exigencies of space to hold over until next month.
  2. An urgent situation, one requiring extreme effort or attention.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “exigency”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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