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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, late 16th century


An urgent need.


A crisis that requires immediate action.

Examples of Exigency in a sentence

"He put the financial exigencies of his family ahead of his personal desires."

"The exigency of the natural disaster inspired many people to make donations and volunteer their time."

About Exigency

This demanding noun can be traced back to the late Latin "exigentia," which means "urgency," and that comes from the Latin verb "exigere," which means "to demand."

Did you Know?

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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