inexpedient


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to inexpedient: estimable, indispensable

in·ex·pe·di·ent

 (ĭn′ĭk-spē′dē-ənt)
adj.
Not expedient; inadvisable: an inexpedient tactic.

in′ex·pe′di·ence, in′ex·pe′di·en·cy n.
in′ex·pe′di·ent·ly adv.

inexpedient

(ˌɪnɪkˈspiːdɪənt)
adj
not suitable, advisable, or judicious
ˌinexˈpedience, ˌinexˈpediency n
ˌinexˈpediently adv

in•ex•pe•di•ent

(ˌɪn ɪkˈspi di ənt)

adj.
not expedient; not suitable, judicious, or advisable.
[1600–10]
in`ex•pe′di•ence, in`ex•pe′di•en•cy, n.
in`ex•pe′di•ent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inexpedient - not suitable or advisable; "an inexpedient tactic"
disadvantageous - constituting a disadvantage
impolitic - not politic; "an impolitic approach to a sensitive issue"
expedient - serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
2.inexpedient - not appropriate to the purposeinexpedient - not appropriate to the purpose  
impolitic - not politic; "an impolitic approach to a sensitive issue"
Translations

inexpedient

[ˌɪnɪksˈpiːdɪənt] ADJinoportuno, inconveniente, imprudente

inexpedient

adj plan, measures, action, decisionungeeignet, unzweckmäßig; policyunratsam, unklug; it would be inexpedient to do thates wäre unklug, das zu tun
References in classic literature ?
Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.
I found or devised something for you three weeks ago; but as you seemed both useful and happy here--as my sisters had evidently become attached to you, and your society gave them unusual pleasure- -I deemed it inexpedient to break in on your mutual comfort till their approaching departure from Marsh End should render yours necessary.
It is, indeed, possible that a tax might be laid on a particular article by a State which might render it INEXPEDIENT that thus a further tax should be laid on the same article by the Union; but it would not imply a constitutional inability to impose a further tax.
In the constitution of the judiciary department in particular, it might be inexpedient to insist rigorously on the principle: first, because peculiar qualifications being essential in the members, the primary consideration ought to be to select that mode of choice which best secures these qualifications; secondly, because the permanent tenure by which the appointments are held in that department, must soon destroy all sense of dependence on the authority conferring them.
Whether or no the early loves of Adam and Martha had rendered it inexpedient that they should now preside together over a Shaker village, it was certainly most singular that such should be the final result of many warm and tender hopes.
We have certainly heard bad news,” returned Elizabeth, “ and it may be necessary that my father should leave home for a short period; unless I can persuade him to trust my cousin Richard with the business, whose absence from the country, just at this time, too, might be inexpedient.
It was said once to me that it is inexpedient to write the names of strangers concerned in any matter, because by the naming of names many good plans are brought to confusion.
inexpedient comes to be considered wrong, wicked, immoral.
She even went so far as to murmur that they were non-essentials and that my trip after them might be inexpedient.
He knew much less - the Chief Inspector was positive - than certain other individuals he had in his mind, but whose arrest seemed to him inexpedient, besides being a more complicated matter, on account of the rules of the game.
It being now Mr Quilp's cue to change the subject with all convenient expedition, lest Richard Swiveller in his heedlessness should reveal anything which it was inexpedient for the women to know, he proposed a game at four-handed cribbage, and partners being cut for, Mrs Quilp fell to Frederick Trent, and Dick himself to Quilp.
When the prospect of interstate war was the most important issue in world affairs, dual citizenship would have been not only inexpedient but also unjust.