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 for exigency
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exigency \Ex"i*gen*cy\, n.; pl. Exigencies. [LL. exigentia:
     cf. F. exigence.]
     The state of being exigent; urgent or exacting want; pressing
     necessity or distress; need; a case demanding immediate
     action, supply, or remedy; as, an unforeseen exigency. "The
     present exigency of his affairs." --Ludlow.
     Syn: Demand; urgency; distress; pressure; emergency;
          necessity; crisis.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a pressing or urgent situation; "the health-care exigency"
      2: a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that
         requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an
         emergency" [syn: emergency, exigency, pinch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "exigency":
     case of need, climacteric, clutch, compulsion, constraint,
     contingency, convergence of events, crisis, critical juncture,
     critical point, crossroads, crucial period, crunch, demandingness,
     dire necessity, drive, emergency, exigence, extremity,
     high pressure, hinge, immediacy, imperative, imperativeness,
     importunacy, importunateness, importunity, impulse, impulsion,
     insistence, matter of necessity, pass, persistence,
     pertinaciousness, pertinacity, pinch, predicament, press,
     pressingness, pressure, push, rash impulse, rub, strait, stress,
     tension, turn, turning, turning point, urge, urgency,
     urgent need

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