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
It was impossible not to question the stereotype to which she had been expediently reduced: the white woman from Kansas.
To this he would answer that expediently considered no husband could be better than the one he had chosen her.The Sea-Hawk | Raphael Sabatini
Having rightly and mercifully threatened to take it, it not only rightly may take it, but expediently must.The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays | Ambrose Bierce
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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