Definition of exigency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈeksɪdʒənsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksɪdʒənsi//
; BrE BrE//ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsi//
[countable, usually plural, uncountable] (pl. exigencies) (formal)
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an urgent need or demand that you must deal with synonym demand the exigencies of war financial exigencies The political exigencies facing both leaders mean they must resume talks if violence is to be avoided. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from late Latin exigentia, from Latin exigere ‘enforce’, from ex- ‘thoroughly’ + agere ‘perform’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exigency