Origin of expedient
Examples from the Web for expedients
Now is not the time for expedients, however well intentioned.
It suggests new plans, and73 urges to more favorable shifts and expedients.The Arctic Whaleman|Lewis Holmes
He frequently walked to Birmingham and back again, and tried many other expedients, but all in vain.Life of Johnson|James Boswell
From motives of decency I here omit describing the expedients they put in practice for satisfying their inordinate desires.
Philip felt very much inclined to do the same; he tried all sorts of expedients to keep awake.The Log House by the Lake|William H. G. Kingston
Many curious tales are told of the wiles and expedients practised by these animals to secure their prey.
British Dictionary definitions for expedients
noun Also: expediency
Word Origin for expedient
Word Origin and History for expedients
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.).