• WordNet 3.6
    • n exigency a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
    • n exigency a pressing or urgent situation "the health-care exigency"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n exigency The state of being urgent; pressing need or demand; urgency: as, the exigency of the case or of business.
    • n exigency A pressing necessity; an urgent case; any case which demands prompt action, supply, or remedy: as, in the present exigency no time is to be lost.
    • n exigency A state of difficulty or want; a condition of distress or need.
    • n exigency Command; requirement: as, the exigency of a writ. Synonyms Occurrence, Occasion, Exigency, Emergency, Crisis; pressure, strait, conjuncture, pass, pinch. An occasion is an occurrence, or separate event, usually involving considerations of importance, with the observance of a degree of ceremony; an exigency is an occasion of urgency and suddenness, where something helpful needs to be done at once; an emergency is more pressing and naturally less common than an exigency; a crisis is an emergency on the outcome of which everything depends. See event.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Exigency pressing necessity: emergency: distress
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exigens, -entisexigĕreex, out, agĕre, to drive.


In literature:

There are exigencies in which even the comments of a friend and well-wisher are superfluous.
"The Taming of Red Butte Western" by Francis Lynde
The latter refer to the real exigences of daily life and serve to express or reorganise personal passions.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
But, if an exigency required it, she could stop and find everywhere a safe harbor.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
Ample capital was provided to meet any exigency that might arise; but, strange to say, not a penny of it has been used.
"Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851" by Various
However this might have been, for the second time on that day of direst exigency, a ship went by, observed yet unobserving.
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
Political exigencies had not then arisen.
"Windjammers and Sea Tramps" by Walter Runciman
Perhaps gentlemen are not yet fully aware of the situation of their country, and what its exigencies absolutely require.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Summons to us all, given through him on whom the exigencies of life fell the heaviest.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
The exigencies of despotic government thus supply the key to the whole policy and history of the Papacy.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
But Providence had provided for this exigence.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

The torrent of the reaching shade
Broke shadow into all its parts,
What then had been of shadow made
Found exigence in fits and starts
"Shadow And Shade" by Allen Tate
O God, my safe-guard and defence,
My fort, in ev'ry exigence,
Receive my thanks — thou, who didst keep
Me safe, last night, whilst I did sleep!
"A Morning Thanksgiving When We First Awake" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Did police create the exigency.
La Marque ISD declares financial exigency .
La Marque ISD will not be closing any of its campuses yet, but the district is now in a state of financial exigency .
Closer ties with Japan exigent .
The computer technician complained that customers' requests were becoming increasingly exigent , bordering on unreasonable.
This comes as the US Postal Service has decided to pursue its exigent postal rate case, to the dismay of watchers, including associations.
Associations are calling for finality to the US Postal Service's lost exigent rate case that would have allowed USPS to raise rates higher than prescribed under existing law.
United States Postal Service Drops Request for Exigent Rate Increase in 2012.
La Marque ISD declares financial exigency.
La Marque ISD will not be closing any of its campuses yet, but the district is now in a state of financial exigency.
United States Postal Service Drops Request for Exigent Rate Increase in 2012.
The adjective most often applied to former King Sihanouk was 'mercurial,' a fitting way to survive his changes of mood and loyalties depending on the political exigencies of the time.
The approval of indefinite detention of terror suspects by Congress and Obama maintains the premise that because of exigent circumstances, civil rights and civil liberties must be curbed.
It has been a fallow interval at the blog because of some hectic days at the paragraph factory, domestic exigencies, and the like, but I am back today to advocate, in my small way, sanity .
Lotus Exige Supercharged Fuel Tank.

In science:

Indeed Tave (ǫ) contains a probability tolerance ǫ in its de finition, which facilitates greatly its analysis. O n the contrary, Tc is hard to analyze theoretically because it is constrained by the exigency of its inherent determinism.
Order-Optimal Consensus through Randomized Path Averaging
Notice that by (43) Thus, measuring degree-normalized growth in ☆PR permits us to use either the height or the Mahler measure according to the exigencies of the situation we find ourselves in, as the paragraphs which follow illustrate.
Real Algebraic Number Theory II. Ideological Arithmetic
Boundaries are created either by distance, the obscuration of the Milky Way, or observing exigencies.
Conference Summary: Mapping the Hidden Universe
All these themes need further progress in order to match the exigences of the present day high–energy experiments.
Multiparticle Dynamics in the LHC Era
Such exigency implies that all those regions of the Euclidean subset RI where the entropy S is not locally concave will never be equivalent to a macrostate of the Boltzmann-Gibbs ensemble (13).
Generalized Fluctuation Theory based on the reparametrization invariance of the microcanonical ensemble