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.
- Also ex·pe·di·ence .
- non·ex·pe·di·ence, noun
- non·ex·pe·di·en·cy, noun
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How to use expediency in a sentence
Even their local government—not an entity typically associated with expediency—released an app that gave citizens connected access to services in a fraction of the usual time.
For one insurance company, it has taken her seven months so far to get in-network, despite their promises of expediency.Finding a therapist can be overwhelming, but these tips can help | Alexandra Frost | February 11, 2022 | Popular-Science
When given the opportunity, states have often played with definitions of humanity for political expediency, to bolster their power, or to confer an advantage on a specific group.A 'Mississippi Compromise' on Abortion Would Threaten All Our Freedoms | Anthony D. Romero | December 16, 2021 | Time
The House arrived at that number because of political expediency — and it has stayed there because of it, too.
The 14 members of the panel have spent the past several months grappling with questions about balancing fairness and expediency.Health-care workers and nursing home residents should be the first to get coronavirus vaccines, CDC advisory group says | Lena H. Sun, Isaac Stanley-Becker | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
These all-clear fliers are filtered through special lines for expediency.How to Skip the Airport Security Line During Thanksgiving | Nina Strochlic | November 26, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He appeared to be just a brave and decent impulse away from speaking out where political expediency has too often kept him silent.Behind Obama’s Tribute to the Aurora Victims’ Courage, Goodness | Michael Daly | July 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But in our polarized era, memory is short and policy consistency often takes a backseat to partisan expediency.Why the Right Turned Its Back on the Individual Mandate | John Avlon | March 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
On one hand, it seems oddly principled of Romney, a candidate who has always been guided by expediency when it comes to abortion.
The troops are acutely attuned to signs of political expediency.
Mr. Jackson supposed that Parliament had a right to tax America, but he much doubted the expediency of the present act.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
But Nature's voice is far less often heard than that of her adversary, expediency.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Hard is the contest between affection and expediency, when it is raised by the question of circumstances.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Therefore our political questions have been questions of expediency rather than of principle.Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions | George S. Boutwell
The justice of the measure was not less evident than its expediency.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | Edward Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for expediency
the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just
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