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[ik-spee-dee-uh n-see]
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noun, plural ex·pe·di·en·cies.
  1. the quality of being expedient; advantageousness; advisability.
  2. a regard for what is politic or advantageous rather than for what is right or just; a sense of self-interest.
  3. something expedient.
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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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Related Words for expediences

advantage, advisability, benefit, convenience, effectiveness, efficiency, fitness, helpfulness, opportunism, opportunity, order, policy, practicality, propriety, prudence, suitability, usefulness, utility, aptness, properness

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Historical Examples of expediences

  • Indeed, they are the results of various necessities and expediences.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)

    Edmund Burke

British Dictionary definitions for expediences



noun plural -encies or -ences
  1. appropriateness; suitability
  2. the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just
  3. another word for expedient (def. 3)
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