Emergency E*mer"gen*cy, n.; pl. {Emergencies}. [See {Emergence}.] 1. Sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion. [1913 Webster]

Most our rarities have been found out by casual emergency. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

2. An unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency. [1913 Webster]

To whom she might her doubts propose, On all emergencies that rose. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

A safe counselor in most difficult emergencies. --Brougham.

Syn: Crisis; conjuncture; exigency; pinch; strait; necessity. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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