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exigency

ex·i·gen·cy

exigency

 
 
pronunciation:
ek s jihn si
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: exigencies
definition 1: a condition of urgency.
He was slow to act, not realizing the exigency of the situation.
similar words:
pressure, urgency
definition 2: a situation demanding urgent or immediate attention; emergency.
The doctor would have been called in if there had been any exigency.
similar words:
emergency, urgency
definition 3: (usu. pl.) the pressing demands or needs intrinsic to a given situation.
They were not really prepared for the exigencies of taking care of small children.
similar words:
need, requirement, want
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derivation: exigence (n.)
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