from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being insistent; urgency.
  • n. Immediacy of occurrence; instantaneousness.

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  • n. insistence, insistency
  • n. immediacy, instantaneousness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Instance; urgency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Instance; insistency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being insistent
  • n. the quickness of action or occurrence


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