Origin of expedient
Examples from the Web for expedient
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|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|DAILY BEAST
That tape will prove far more persuasive than any expedient and mealy mouthed evasions.How Obama Will Cash In on Paul Ryan: Medicare, Taxes, Education & More|Robert Shrum|August 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is not language framing a political vision; it is a campaign slogan serving an expedient purpose.Obama’s Speech Took Ideas From the GOP and Rhetoric From Madison Avenue|Lee Siegel|January 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He declared them to be, like all other morals, merely an expedient for protecting a certain type of man.Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche
Contrivance and expedient presented themselves,—all inadequate to the emergency.Alone|Marion Harland
But aloud he said, lightly: "Perhaps you may find it expedient to do the same thing, Miss West."Lancaster's Choice|Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
While this was going on Lepoletais coolly explained to Don Sancho the probable results of the expedient he had employed.The Buccaneer Chief|Gustave Aimard
Not that she had ever tried it, but she did not think that it would be expedient.Concerning Sally|William John Hopkins
British Dictionary definitions for expedient
noun Also: expediency
Word Origin for expedient
Word Origin and History for expedient
late 14c., "advantageous, fit, proper," from Old French expedient (14c.) or directly from Latin expedientem (nominative expediens) "beneficial," present participle of expedire "make fit or ready, prepare" (see expedite).
The noun meaning "a device adopted in an exigency, a resource" is from 1650s. Related: Expediential (1836); expedientially (1873); expediently (late 14c.).