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.
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.
- ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverb
- non·ex·pe·di·ent, adjective
- non·ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverb
- qua·si-ex·pe·di·ent, adjective
- qua·si-ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverb
- un·ex·pe·di·ent, adjective
- un·ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverb
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How to use expedient in a sentence
Congress should pass legislation allowing for an expedient and merciful resettlement of Afghan refugees into the country.The U.S. Offered My Family a Home After the Vietnam War. It Must Do the Same for Those Fleeing Afghanistan | Aimee Phan | August 17, 2021 | Time
In some uncomplicated health-care situations, professional medical knowledge is sufficient to find an expedient solution, so decisions are straightforward.Holistic decision-making in a digitized health-care environment | Siemens Healthineers | June 16, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
After all, they reasoned, Burr was an expedient politician who would defect to the party that thrust him into power.
Machine learning provides an equitable, precise, and expedient capability to allocate our precious vaccine supplies.The COVID-19 vaccine rollout is dangerously flawed. Science and data could fix it | matthewheimer | December 18, 2020 | Fortune
Walling America off—whether physically, economically, or digitally—is expedient, but it is the ultimate self-defeating move for a 21st-century power that relies on international interconnectedness.Trump’s TikTok ban isn’t ‘tough on China’—it’s actually quite the opposite | jakemeth | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
So in Florida, backing Medicaid expansion may become the politically expedient thing for the Republican.States Edge Closer to Medicaid Expansion: Who’ll Go First? | Michael Tomasky | January 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Obama noted Thursday that both sides in the conflict blame the U.S., a popular and expedient political tactic in Egypt.
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 | Mark Blyth | May 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The egalitarian rule-follower is merely expedient, but the loyal person will go to the wall for you.Why Favoritism Is Virtuous: The Case Against Fairness | Stephen T. Asma | December 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I beseech your Majesty to be pleased to have executed immediately what is most expedient for the royal service in this matter.
But, after all, perhaps it might be easier and more expedient if he were to appear to accept the Seneschal's statement.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Probably his retreat would be cut off by some similar device, so the bolder expedient of an advance offered the better chance.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
He trusted that what might be done in this matter be most expedient for the service of the king our sovereign.
Yet all this was beside the main point, which was that the action of Congress, whether expedient or not, was illegal.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
British Dictionary definitions for expedient
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
- expediently, adverb
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