[ ik-spee-dee-uhnt ]
/ ɪkˈspi di ənt /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR expedient
5 device, contrivance, resort.
OPPOSITES FOR expedient
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Origin of expedient
OTHER WORDS FROM expedient
ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverbnon·ex·pe·di·ent, adjectivenon·ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverbqua·si-ex·pe·di·ent, adjective
qua·si-ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverbun·ex·pe·di·ent, adjectiveun·ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverb
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How to use expedient in a sentence
Now is not the time for expedients, however well intentioned.Why The U.S. Is Not In A Cyber War|Ian Wallace|March 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To meet this heavy expense the ministers had to devise all sorts of expedients to raise money.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
So dangerous a precedent being once admitted, it became necessary to resort to still other expedients.A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman
But the bold expedients adopted by the engineer annulled the bending action.
Madame Bastien, more distressed than surprised at her husband's reply, had recourse to other expedients.
King Harald never fled from any battle, but oft-times sought he expedients when the odds of war were against him.
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
Derived forms of expedientexpediently, adverb
Word Origin for expedient
C14: from Latin expediēns setting free; see expedite
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