exigency | exigencies

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an urgent situation

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exigency - emergency

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The formal word ‘exigency’ refers to a state of affairs that makes urgent demands of somebody or something and requires swift and decisive action. It implies a great deal of stress and pressure like one would expect to experience in a time of crisis. Most commonly used in its plural form ‘exigencies’.

Synonyms calamity,catastrophe
Antonyms inconsequential

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  1. Ashley is very cool and collected under pressure. I expect her to be able to handle any unexpected exigency.

  2. For all their faults, I must say that the board responded to the exigencies of the situation with speed and decisiveness.

  3. The newspaper made a declaration of financial exigency which allowed them to take swift-cost cutting measures in order to save the business.

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