emergent vs emergency : Common Errors in English

About emergent vs emergency

The error of considering “emergent” to be the adjectival form of “emergency” is common only in medical writing, but it is becoming widespread. “Emergent” properly means “emerging” and normally refers to events that are just beginning—barely noticeable rather than catastrophic. “Emergency” is an adjective as well as a noun, so rather than writing “emergent care,” use the homely “emergency care.”

emergent Meaning(s)

  • (s) occurring unexpectedly and requiring urgent action
  • (s) coming into existence

emergency Meaning(s)

  • (n) a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
  • (n) a state in which martial law applies
  • (n) a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage

emergent in News

  1. N.J. court blocks CWA's request to put state's lottery privatization contract on hold

    Appellate Division Judge Anthony Parrileo granted the union's request to hear the appeal on an emergent basis but denied the request for a stay of the contract
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NJ.com

  2. UMD Scientists Show Global, Regional Environmental Impacts of Trade

    In the wake of concerns over climate change and other emergent environmental issues, both individuals and governments are examining the impact of consumer and producer behavior and policies. In two new ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Malta Emergent Care medical facility opensPublished June 9, 2013

    MALTA — Many hands made it happen, and many hands took part in a recent ribbon-cutting for the new Malta Med Emergent Care facility at Northway Exit 12.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: The Saratogian

emergency in News

  1. Emergency crews search for missing swimmer

    SHARPTOWN — Emergency crews from the Sharptown Fire Department were called to the scene of an apparent drowning at Cherry Beach on Wednesday evening.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Eastern Shore News

  2. Emergency managers prep for hurricane season

    – Emergency managers in Broward County face a new challenge for the 2013 hurricane season: revised evacuation zones in Miami-Dade County.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Sun-Sentinel

  3. Emergency Operations Center

    Tommy Wheeler, emergency management director for the city of Nacogdoches, poses in the main work room of the unified Emergency Operations Center at the former Pineywood Downs in Nacogdoches on Wednesday. A joint effort of the city and county of Nacogdoches, the new EOC is ready to go and can be up and running in an hour or less in case of emergency, including severe weather or other disaster ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily Sentinel

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