- 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.
Origin of expedient
SynonymsSee more synonyms for expedient on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for expedients
Now is not the time for expedients, however well intentioned.Why The U.S. Is Not In A Cyber War
March 10, 2013
From this we gather that his mind was fertile in expedients.Heroes of the Telegraph
This has become the writer's practice after careful trial of other expedients.College Teaching
You don't know what a wonderful creature I am for expedients.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
He was a Master of Expedients; the greatest probably the world has ever seen.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
He was a great man, and full of expedients, but the position was novel.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
- 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
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.).