[ik-spee-dee-uh n-see]

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 formsnon·ex·pe·di·ence, nounnon·ex·pe·di·en·cy, noun
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Examples from the Web for expedience

Contemporary Examples of expedience

  • Still, Clinton gets it, at least theoretically or just as a matter of expedience, and so too does Rubio.

  • It is likely that a similar phenomenon of expedience translating into better health governs other diseases as well.

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    Why Christmas Is So Deadly

    Kent Sepkowitz

    December 24, 2012

  • I'm making my decisions based on stress and expedience and my gut and who's pouting and who's crying.

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    Suzy Welch Dishes

    Tina Brown

    April 16, 2009

Historical Examples of expedience

British Dictionary definitions for expedience



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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Word Origin and History for expedience

mid-15c., "advantage, benefit," from Old French expedience, from Late Latin expedientia, from expedientem (see expedient). Related: Expediency (1610s).

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