[ in-ik-spee-dee-uhnt ]
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  1. not expedient; not suitable, judicious, or advisable.

Origin of inexpedient

First recorded in 1600–10; in-3 + expedient

Other words from inexpedient

  • in·ex·pe·di·ence, in·ex·pe·di·en·cy, noun
  • in·ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby inexpedient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inexpedient in a sentence

  • Then he conclusively proves the first impracticable and the second inexpedient.

    English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
  • It is perhaps inexpedient that the new machine should be seen of the old.

    Dross | Henry Seton Merriman
  • My service is of such a nature that it is inexpedient for him to receive me openly.

    The Reckoning | Robert W. Chambers
  • But considerations of rank made the appointment inexpedient, and "Mad Anthony" Wayne was named instead.

    The Old Northwest | Frederic Austin Ogg
  • For this reason it is inexpedient for earthlings to fix their eyes on those who dwell in very high places.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours | Ernest Bramah

British Dictionary definitions for inexpedient


/ (ˌɪnɪkˈspiːdɪənt) /

  1. not suitable, advisable, or judicious

Derived forms of inexpedient

  • inexpedience or inexpediency, noun
  • inexpediently, adverb

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