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/ ɪkˈspi di ənt /
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See synonyms for: expedient / expediently on Thesaurus.com


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.
acting in accordance with expediency, or what is advantageous.


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.



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Origin of expedient

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin expedient- (stem of expediēns), present participle of expedīre.See expedite, -ent
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British Dictionary definitions for expedient

/ (ɪkˈspiːdɪənt) /


suitable to the circumstances; appropriate
inclined towards methods or means that are advantageous rather than fair or just

noun Also: expediency

something suitable or appropriate, esp something used during an urgent situation
expediently, adverb
C14: from Latin expediēns setting free; see expedite
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