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[ih-mur-juh n-see] /ɪˈmɜr dʒən si/

noun, plural emergencies.
a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event:
a weather emergency; a financial emergency.
granted, used, or for use in an emergency:
an emergency leave; emergency lights.
noun (pl) -cies


state of emergency, a condition, declared by a government, in which martial law applies, usually because of civil unrest or natural disaster
(NZ) a player selected to stand by to replace an injured member of a team; reserve

“unforeseen occurrence requiring immediate attention,” 1630s, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergere (see emerge). Or from emerge + -ency.


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