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From Middle French exigence , from Late Latin exigentia (“urgency”) (from exigēns + -ia), from exigere (“to demand”).
(General American) IPA(key): [ˈɛɡzɨdʒənsi]
exigency (countable and uncountable, plural exigencies)
- (chiefly in the plural) The demands or requirements of a situation.
- 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XI, in Romance and Reality. […], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, […], →OCLC, page 226:
- My business is with you, and you only. You should not have undertaken your office, unless prepared for its various exigencies.
- 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.
- An urgent situation, one requiring extreme effort or attention.
Similar words ending with -gency ("state, condition"),
- contingent -> contingency
- interagent -> interagency
- superagent -> superagency
- convergent -> convergency
- astringent -> astringency
- multiagent -> multiagency
- insurgent -> insurgency
- detergent -> detergency
- divergent -> divergency
- stringent -> stringency
- emergent -> emergency
- subagent -> subagency
- indigent -> indigency
- plangent -> plangency
- exigent -> exigency
- tangent -> tangency
- pungent -> pungency
- coagent -> coagency
- turgent -> turgency
- urgent -> urgency
- regent -> regency
- cogent -> cogency
demands or requirements of a situation
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “exigency”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- “exigency”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “exigency”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- exigency at OneLook Dictionary Search
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