an urgent situation
exigency - emergency
The formal word ‘exigency’ refers to a state of affairs that makes urgent demands of somebody or something and requires swift and decisive action. It implies a great deal of stress and pressure like one would expect to experience in a time of crisis. Most commonly used in its plural form ‘exigencies’.
Ashley is very cool and collected under pressure. I expect her to be able to handle any unexpected exigency.
For all their faults, I must say that the board responded to the exigencies of the situation with speed and decisiveness.
The newspaper made a declaration of financial exigency which allowed them to take swift-cost cutting measures in order to save the business.