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exigency (n.)

1580s, "that which is needed," from French exigence, from Latin exigentia "urgency," from exigentem (nominative exigens), present participle of exigere "demand, require, enforce," literally "to drive or force out," also "to finish, measure," from ex "out" (see ex-) + agere "to set in motion, drive, drive forward; to do, perform" (from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move"). Meaning "state of being urgent" is from 1769. Related: Exigencies (1650s).

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Definitions of exigency from WordNet

exigency (n.)
a pressing or urgent situation;
the health-care exigency
exigency (n.)
a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action;
Synonyms: emergency / pinch
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