- An urgent need or demand.
“He put the financial exigencies of his family ahead of his wish for a new motorcycle.”
“The earthquake created an exigency for medical supplies that was quickly filled by the Red Cross.”
“We have an exigency for more bottled water at the race finish line.”
Latin, late 16th century
Why this word?
“Exigency” is a noun that, when used in the singular, describes a crisis or emergency that needs immediate attention. When used in the plural — “exigencies” — it describes the overall pressing nature or demands of a situation. Either way, there’s work to be done.
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