- tending to promote some proposed or desired object; fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances: It is expedient that you go.
- conducive to advantage or interest, as opposed to right.
- acting in accordance with expediency, or what is advantageous.
- a means to an end: The ladder was a useful expedient for getting to the second floor.
- a means devised or employed in an exigency; resource; shift: Use any expedients you think necessary to get over the obstacles in your way.
Origin of expedient
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Examples from the Web for expedient
It was the result of a chain of good decisions—wise, prudent, long-sighted, or, at the least, expedient choices.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 22, 2014
Obama noted Thursday that both sides in the conflict blame the U.S., a popular and expedient political tactic in Egypt.How Obama Lost His Influence in Egypt
August 16, 2013
And because “it is very tempting to a minister to employ such an expedient…the practice will…be abused, in every government.”Austerity’s Scottish Ghosts Haunt the Modern Economic Mind
May 12, 2013
That tape will prove far more persuasive than any expedient and mealy mouthed evasions.How Obama Will Cash In on Paul Ryan: Medicare, Taxes, Education & More
August 13, 2012
It is not language framing a political vision; it is a campaign slogan serving an expedient purpose.Obama’s Speech Took Ideas From the GOP and Rhetoric From Madison Avenue
January 28, 2012
Captain Baker applied himself to this task, and used every expedient.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
This expedient, however, nearly proved fatal in its consequences.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
No need then of the expedient of pursuing your needleworks in her sight.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
This: It is useless to talk or to think unless it is also possible and expedient to act.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
For the expedient has to do with the future, about which we are liable to mistake.Theaetetus
- suitable to the circumstances; appropriate
- inclined towards methods or means that are advantageous rather than fair or just
- something suitable or appropriate, esp something used during an urgent situation
Word Origin and History for expedient
late 14c., "advantageous, fit, proper," from Old French expedient (14c.) or directly from Latin expedientem (nominative expediens) "beneficial," present participle of expedire "make fit or ready, prepare" (see expedite).
The noun meaning "a device adopted in an exigency, a resource" is from 1650s. Related: Expediential (1836); expedientially (1873); expediently (late 14c.).