exigency

(redirected from exigencies)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

ex·i·gen·cy

 (ĕk′sə-jən-sē, ĭg-zĭj′ən-)
n. pl. ex·i·gen·cies
1. A pressing or urgent situation: "We were caught in a wartime exigency that was beyond any humane, any rational, resistance" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
2. An urgent requirement; a pressing need: "distracted by the exigencies of running a business" (Richard Curtis).

exigency

(ˈɛksɪdʒənsɪ; ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsɪ) or

exigence

n, pl -gencies or -gences
1. the state of being exigent; urgency
2. (often plural) an urgent demand; pressing requirement
3. an emergency

ex•i•gen•cy

(ˈɛk sɪ dʒən si, ɪgˈzɪdʒ ən-)

n., pl. -cies.
1. exigent state or character; urgency.
2. Usu., exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc: the exigencies of city life.
3. a case or situation which demands prompt action or remedy; emergency or plight.
Often, ex′i•gence.
[1575–85; < Medieval Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exigency - a pressing or urgent situation; "the health-care exigency"
crisis - an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty; "they went bankrupt during the economic crisis"
2.exigency - a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate actionexigency - a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an emergency"
crisis - a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something; "after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better"

exigency

exigence
noun
1. need, demand, requirement, necessity, constraint, wont The reduction was caused by the exigencies of a wartime economy.

exigency

noun
1. The condition of being in need of immediate assistance:
2. A condition in which something necessary or desirable is required or wanted:
3. A decisive point:
4. Something asked for or needed.Often used in plural:
Translations

exigency

[ɪgˈzɪdʒənsɪ] N (= need) → exigencia f; (= emergency) → caso m de urgencia

exigency

[ˈɛksɪdʒənsi] nexigence f
the exigencies of sth → les exigences de qch

exigency

[ˈɛksɪdʒənsɪ] n (frm) → esigenza
References in classic literature ?
They are good to have, of course, for the ordinary exigencies of life, but they are no use in professional work.
I objected that this would require too lingering a death; it was a good speech for a consumptive, but not suited to the exigencies of the field of honor.
Since then Erskine had been bent on writing another drama, without regard to the exigencies of the stage, but he had not yet begun it, in consequence of his inspiration coming upon him at inconvenient hours, chiefly late at night, when he had been drinking, and had leisure for sonnets only.
If even the rule adopted should in practice justify the equality of its principle, still delinquencies in payments on the part of some of the States would result from a diversity of other causes -- the real deficiency of resources; the mismanagement of their finances; accidental disorders in the management of the government; and, in addition to the rest, the reluctance with which men commonly part with money for purposes that have outlived the exigencies which produced them, and interfere with the supply of immediate wants.
The act from Annapolis recommends the "appointment of commissioners to take into consideration the situation of the United States; to devise SUCH FURTHER PROVISIONS as shall appear to them necessary to render the Constitution of the federal government ADEQUATE TO THE EXIGENCIES OF THE UNION; and to report such an act for that purpose, to the United States in Congress assembled, as when agreed to by them, and afterwards confirmed by the legislature of every State, will effectually provide for the same.
The women and children of a man's retinue may be likened to a military unit for which he is responsible in various ways, as in matters of instruction, discipline, sustenance, and the exigencies of their continual roamings and their unending strife with other communities and with the red Martians.
To this end he insisted upon remaining in the vicinity; but the exigencies of the perpetual search for food led them several miles further away during day.
Oh, monsieur, procurator's wife or duchess, if she will but loosen her pursestrings, it will be all the same; but she positively answered that she was tired of the exigencies and infidelities of Monsieur Porthos, and that she would not send him a denier.
While we smile at the simplicity of his heart and the narrowness of his views, which made him regard everything out of the direct path of his daily duty, and the rigid exigencies of the service, as trivial and impertinent, which inspired him with contempt for the swelling vanity of some of his coadjutors, and the literary exercises and curious researches of others, we cannot but applaud that strict and conscientious devotion to the interests of his employer, and to what he considered the true objects of the enterprise in which he was engaged.
He has also been very desirous to establish such rules as will conduce to perfect the internal policy of his state, and he ought also to have done the same with respect to its neighbours and all foreign nations; for the considerations of the military establishment should take place in planning every government, that it may not be unprovided in case of a war, of which he has said nothing; so also with respect to property, it ought not only to be adapted to the exigencies of the state, but also to such dangers as may arise from without.
What exigencies of state or fantasies of imagination first gave birth to the cluster of pleasant places by which London is surrounded is matter of indifference now that they have adapted themselves so admirably to the needs of people between the ages of twenty and thirty with Saturday afternoons to spend.
Lieutenant Harold Percy Smith-Oldwick was fair-hatred, blue-eyed, and slender, with a rosy, boyish face that might have been molded more by an environment of luxury, indolence, and ease than the more strenuous exigencies of life's sterner requirements.