from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of requiring much effort or immediate action.
- n. A pressing or urgent situation. See Synonyms at crisis.
- n. Urgent requirements; pressing needs. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The demands or requirements of a situation (usually plural.)
- n. An urgent situation.
- n. A situation requiring extreme effort or attention.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being exigent; urgent or exacting want; pressing necessity or distress; need; a case demanding immediate action, supply, or remedy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being urgent; pressing need or demand; urgency: as, the exigency of the case or of business.
- n. A pressing necessity; an urgent case; any case which demands prompt action, supply, or remedy: as, in the present exigency no time is to be lost.
- n. A state of difficulty or want; a condition of distress or need.
- n. Command; requirement: as, the exigency of a writ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
- n. a pressing or urgent situation
From the Middle French exigence from Late Latin exigentia "urgency" from Latin exigere "to demand" (Wiktionary)