ex·i·gen·cy /'ek-sə-jən-sē, ik-'si-jən-sē/ n pl -cies
1: that which is required in a particular situation
— usu. used in pl.
2 a: the quality or state of being exigent
b: a state of affairs that makes urgent demands

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun crisis, critical situation, difficulty, exigence, imperativeness, necessity, need, press, pressing necessity, pressure, requirement, urgency, urgent need, want associated concepts: public exigency II index coercion, cornerstone, demand, desideratum, emergency, necessity, need (deprivation), paucity, poverty, predicament, prerequisite, pressure, priority, quagmire, requirement, situation, stress (strain)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Exigency — Ex i*gen*cy, n.; pl. {Exigencies}. [LL. exigentia: cf. F. exigence.] The state of being exigent; urgent or exacting want; pressing necessity or distress; need; a case demanding immediate action, supply, or remedy; as, an unforeseen exigency. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exigency — UK [ˈeksɪdʒ(ə)nsɪ] / UK [ɪɡˈzɪdʒ(ə)nsɪ] / US [ˈeksɪdʒənsɪ] / US [ɪɡˈzɪdʒənsɪ] or exigence UK [ˈeksɪdʒ(ə)ns] / US [ˈeksɪdʒəns] noun [countable, usually plural] Word forms exigency : singular exigency plural exigencies formal something difficult… …   English dictionary

  • exigency — 1580s, from M.Fr. exigence, from L. exigentia urgency, from L. exigentem (nom. exigens), from exigere to demand, require; drive out (see EXACT (Cf. exact) (v.)). Related: Exigencies (1650s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • exigency — 1 pass, emergency, pinch, strait, crisis, contingency, juncture Analogous words: difficulty, vicissitude, rigor, hardship: *predicament, plight, fix, quandary, dilemma, jam, pickle, scrape 2 necessity, *need Analogous words: demanding or demand,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • exigency — / exigence [n] difficulty; demand acuteness, constraint, contingency, crisis, criticalness, crossroad, demandingness, dilemma, distress, duress, emergency, extremity, fix, hardship, imperativeness, jam, juncture, necessity, need, needfulness,… …   New thesaurus

  • exigency — (also exigence) ► NOUN (pl. exigencies) ▪ urgent need or demand. ORIGIN Latin exigentia, from exigere complete, ascertain, enforce …   English terms dictionary

  • exigency — [eks′əjənseks′ə jən sē; ] also [ eg zij′ənsē, igzij′ən sē] n. pl. exigencies [ML exigentia] 1. the condition or quality of being exigent; urgency 2. a situation calling for immediate action or attention 3. [pl.] pressing needs; demands;… …   English World dictionary

  • exigency — noun (plural cies) Date: 1581 1. that which is required in a particular situation usually used in plural < exceptionally quick in responding to the exigencies of modern warfare D. B. Ottaway > 2. a. the quality or state of being exigent b. a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exigency — /ek si jeuhn see, ig zij euhn /, n., pl. exigencies. 1. exigent state or character; urgency. 2. Usually, exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life. 3. a case or… …   Universalium

  • exigency — noun 1) the exigencies of the continuing war Syn: need, demand, requirement, necessity 2) financial exigency Syn: urgency, crisis, difficulty, pressure …   Thesaurus of popular words

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