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 exigency of his family ahead of his personal desires."
"The exigency of the natural disaster inspired many people to make donations and volunteer their time."
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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 — you can describe the overall pressing nature or demands of a situation. Either way, there’s work to be done.
Did you Know?
Even Latin evolves. This demanding noun can be traced back to “exigentia,” which means urgency, but that comes from the Latin verb “exigere,” which means to demand. The root words have merged into exigency, an English noun for an urgent demand or need.