[ ik-spee-dee-uh n-see ]
/ ɪkˈspi di ən si /

noun, plural ex·pe·di·en·cies.

the quality of being expedient; advantageousness; advisability.
a regard for what is politic or advantageous rather than for what is right or just; a sense of self-interest.
something expedient.
Also ex·pe·di·ence.

Origin of expediency

From the Late Latin word expedientia, dating back to 1605–15. See expedient, -ency

Related forms

non·ex·pe·di·ence, nounnon·ex·pe·di·en·cy, noun
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/ (ɪkˈspiːdɪənsɪ) /

noun plural -encies or -ences

appropriateness; suitability
the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just
another word for expedient (def. 3)
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