Definition of exigency in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeksəjənsē/ /ˈɛksədʒənsi/ /eɡˈzijənsē/ /ɛɡˈzɪdʒənsi/


  • An urgent need or demand.

    ‘women worked long hours when the exigencies of the family economy demanded it’
    ‘he put financial exigency before personal sentiment’
    • ‘The exigencies of journalism demand instant appraisals and on-the-spot verdicts.’
    • ‘Is it because the exigencies of politics demand the assistance of the police?’
    • ‘But the question of the foundation of value has simply been displaced: now it is my job that, in my active engagement, takes on the unquestioned exigency of a demand or value.’
    • ‘In truth, the exemption of fishing craft is essentially an act of grace, and not a matter of right, and it is extended or denied as the exigency is believed to demand.’
    • ‘Leading advocates at times dropped it as they moved up, others picked it up and dropped it as political exigencies demanded.’
    • ‘Any proceedings against the press should be ‘confined, under the pressure of extreme necessity, to the occasional exigency of some particular case’.’
    • ‘The investigating committee concluded that the administration had acted without demonstrating financial exigency that mandated the termination of continuing appointments.’
    • ‘But, resettlement is probably a much-needed exigency in cases like the creation of inviolate areas to preserve habitats and wildlife, which in turn act as flagship species for the conservation of the eco-system.’
    • ‘Nobody likes to be told that the exigencies of life require them to find a sudden thousand quid, but that's not the whole of it.’
    • ‘Financial exigency, familial, societal and cultural pressures, and educational deficits force many minority law students to make hard choices about whether they should study law.’
    • ‘These standards call for meaningful participation by a faculty body in deciding whether a financial exigency exists or is imminent.’
    • ‘Financial exigency could thus join seamlessly with reorganization to become an everyday occurrence.’
    • ‘Look, given the exigency of the situation, my requirements must be fulfilled with utmost haste.’
    • ‘Virtually all of the Administration's actions may well be held to be entirely constitutional, depending on the exigency of the circumstances.’
    • ‘The innovative readings in this essay arise from the theoretical exigency I mentioned as requisite these days.’
    • ‘Modernizing or adapting the European welfare state to the exigencies of external competition and the pressures of a changing industrial society at home is a much taller order.’
    • ‘They were the first two women in Australia to have actual careers in physics and it was because wartime exigencies required that talented young women be hired.’
    • ‘To practice is to draw on our creative energies and to respond to situational exigencies with spontaneous acts of mindful and creative expression.’
    • ‘In others, the judges have been prepared to be flexible to meet the exigencies of the situation.’
    • ‘Emergency powers are supposed to apply only while the exigency persists.’
    need, demand, requirement, want
    urgency, emergency, extremity, crisis, difficulty, pressure
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Late 16th century from late Latin exigentia, from Latin exigere ‘enforce’ (see exact).



/ˈeksəjənsē/ /ˈɛksədʒənsi/ /eɡˈzijənsē/ /ɛɡˈzɪdʒənsi/