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expedient

[ ik-spee-dee-uhnt ]
/ ɪkˈspi di ənt /
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adjective
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.
noun
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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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.

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  • To this he would answer that expediently considered no husband could be better than the one he had chosen her.

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  • Having rightly and mercifully threatened to take it, it not only rightly may take it, but expediently must.

British Dictionary definitions for expedient

expedient
/ (ɪkˈspiːdɪənt) /

adjective
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

Derived forms of expedient

expediently, adverb

Word Origin for expedient

C14: from Latin expediēns setting free; see expedite
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