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Note 280 – The word exigencies

After reading the following quote in my daily planning pages, I had to look up the word exigencies (which is the plural of exigency):

“If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times”    ~ George Washington

Wiktionary defines exigencies as “the demands or requirements of a situation”.  According to exigency is a noun that’s been around since 1581, meaning “that which is required in a particular situation”.  Synonyms are:

  • necessity
  • urgency

Where does the word originate from?

According to Wiktionary exigency originates from:

  • exigencemiddle French
  • exigentia meaning “urgency” – late Latin
  • exigere meaning “to demand” – Latin

I feel ready to use this word in a sentence of my own now, so here goes:

Twice the amount of bread, milk and other exigencies were stocked in the supermarkets during the long period of snow.

I hope that’s true, as the snow is coming….

That’s all for today.

Until tomorrow…

Sandra Madeira
Freelance Writer


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


2 thoughts on “Note 280 – The word exigencies

  1. That was interesting to me, Sandra. Actually I know the word, but I have never tried out the Wiktionary before. So now I have it as a reference. I do use Wikipedia all the time.
    Thanks for the heads up on that.

    Posted by Bill | February 4, 2012, 11:46 pm

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