Pronunciation: (ek'si-jun-sē, ig-zij'un-), [key]
1. exigent state or character; urgency.
2. Usually, exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life.
3. a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency: He promised help in any exigency. Also,ex'i•gence.
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