[in-ik-spee-dee-uh nt]


not expedient; not suitable, judicious, or advisable.

Origin of inexpedient

First recorded in 1600–10; in-3 + expedient
Related formsin·ex·pe·di·ence, in·ex·pe·di·en·cy, nounin·ex·pe·di·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inexpedient

Historical Examples of inexpedient

  • Yes, indeed, he said: and there are some things which may be inexpedient, and yet I call them good.

  • There is a reason why it is inexpedient for me to act in person.

  • "Inexpedient under present conditions," was the way they put it.

  • It may then be found that they are gross, absurd, or inexpedient.


    William Graham Sumner

  • It would have been churlish and inexpedient after this to insist on further conversation.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

British Dictionary definitions for inexpedient



not suitable, advisable, or judicious
Derived Formsinexpedience or inexpediency, nouninexpediently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpedient

c.1600, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + expedient. Related: Inexpedience; inexpediently.

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