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exigency

ex·i·gen·cy

exigency

 
 
pronunciation:
ek s jihn si
features:
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
derivation: exigence (n.)
Word Parts
The word exigency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.