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Definition a pressing or urgent situation
  • the health-care exigency
  • I was stunned by Arthur's reversal—I chalked it up to political exigency...
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
  • I consulted my partner again in this exigency, and he was as much at a loss as I was.
    Defoe, Daniel  --  The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • On this fearful exigency, Adrienne had aroused all her energies, and gone deliberately into the consideration of her circumstances.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  Autobiography of a Pocket-Handkerchief
  • Everywhere it obtrudes its mechanism, its activity, its dreary exigencies and vanity between the ideal and the real, between orchestra and ear.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • My imagination, sternly checked by the exigencies of my profession, waxed secretly to colossal force.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Madeline explained to her the exigency of the situation.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • They are good to have, of course, for the ordinary exigencies of life, but they are no use in professional work.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Young dogs are bound to play, and out of the exigencies of the situation they realised their play in this mimic warfare.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The exigency of the moment was to ascertain if there were game in Surprise Valley.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • Who can pretend that commercial imposts are, or would be, alone equal to the present and future exigencies of the Union?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Since then the exigencies of my own affairs and your own social duties have kept up apart .... although many things have happened....
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • But there are temptations which it is not in the power of human nature to resist, and few know what would be their case if driven to the same exigencies.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • That's a temporary exigency, Manuel, one we can cope with.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • The exigency of the case was manifest to Helen, when she saw how they came down over the cantles of the saddles and to their boot-tops.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • She was at first even astonished—she had seen them in their relation to each other as people without personal exigencies—as something cooler.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • In this exigency the guide came to a decision with his usual cool promptitude, making his preparations accordingly.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • The exigencies of war.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • "It was one of those strokes which the prospect and exigency of the times required," wrote Abigail, "and which the President determined upon without consultation."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The heads of the State have never had any forethought for its exigencies, and its victories have been obtained without their consent or without their knowledge.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1

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