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[in-ik-spee-dee-uh nt]
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  1. not expedient; not suitable, judicious, or advisable.
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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
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Related Words for inexpedient

detrimental, impolitic, imprudent, inadvisable, injudicious, inopportune, unwise

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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


  1. not suitable, advisable, or judicious
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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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