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URGENCY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does urgency mean? 

URGENCY (noun)
  The noun URGENCY has 4 senses:

1. the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
2. pressing importance requiring speedy action
3. an urgent situation calling for prompt action
4. insistent solicitation and entreaty

  Familiarity information: URGENCY used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


URGENCY (noun)


Sense 1urgency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("urgency" is a kind of...):

necessity (the condition of being essential or indispensable)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "urgency"):

haste; hurry (a condition of urgency making it necessary to hurry)

imperativeness; insistence; insistency; press; pressure (the state of demanding notice or attention)

criticality; criticalness; cruciality (a state of critical urgency)


Sense 2urgency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pressing importance requiring speedy action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the urgency of his need

Hypernyms ("urgency" is a kind of...):

importance (the quality of being important and worthy of note)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "urgency"):

edge; sharpness (the attribute of urgency)

imperativeness; instancy (urgently demanding attention)


Sense 3urgency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An urgent situation calling for prompt action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

I'll be there, barring any urgencies / they departed hurriedly because of some great urgency in their affairs

Hypernyms ("urgency" is a kind of...):

situation (a complex or critical or unusual difficulty)


Sense 4urgency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insistent solicitation and entreaty

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

importunity; urging; urgency

Context example:

his importunity left me no alternative but to agree

Hypernyms ("urgency" is a kind of...):

solicitation (an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status)


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