urgency

When something has urgency it requires speedy action. If your weather report is flashing red and predicting a hurricane with record rainfall, that forecast would give some urgency to getting that hole in your roof fixed.

Urgency comes from the Latin urgere, which means "press, or drive," and it's related to the English word urge. If there's urgency to a situation, it's a pressing issue and you have to respond quickly! Urgency also means an earnest and insistent need. When your friend calls and tells you, "Get into the basement, the hurricane is coming," there would be an urgency in your friend's voice that would make you scurry downstairs to safety.

Definitions of urgency
  1. noun
    the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
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    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
    type of:
    necessity
    the condition of being essential or indispensable
  2. noun
    pressing importance requiring speedy action
    “the urgency of his need”
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    edge, sharpness
    the attribute of urgency in tone of voice
    imperativeness, instancy
    the quality of being insistent
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    importance
    the quality of being important and worthy of note
  3. noun
    an urgent situation calling for prompt action
    “I'll be there, barring any urgencies
    “they departed hurriedly because of some great urgency in their affairs”
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    type of:
    situation
    a complex or critical or unusual difficulty
  4. noun
    insistent solicitation and entreaty
    synonyms: importunity, urging
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    solicitation
    an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status
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