expediency


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ex·pe·di·en·cy

 (ĭk-spē′dē-ən-sē)
n. pl. ex·pe·di·en·cies
1. Appropriateness to the purpose at hand.
2. Adherence to self-serving means: a politician, guided by expediency rather than principle.
3. A means; an expedient.

expediency

(ɪkˈspiːdɪənsɪ) or

expedience

n, pl -encies or -ences
1. appropriateness; suitability
2. the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just
3. another word for expedient3

ex•pe•di•en•cy

(ɪkˈspi di ən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the quality of being expedient; advantageousness.
2. a regard for what is politic or advantageous rather than for what is right or just.
3. something expedient.
Often, ex•pe′di•ence.
[1605–15; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expediency - the quality of being suited to the end in view
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
inexpedience, inexpediency - the quality of being unsuited to the end in view

expediency

expedience

expediency

noun
Something used temporarily or reluctantly when other means are not available:
Translations
مُلائَمَه، إنْتِهاز الفُرص السّانِحَه
formålstjenlighedudvej
hentugleiki
işine gelme

expedient

(ikˈspiːdiənt) adjective
convenient or advisable. It is not expedient to pay him what he has asked.
exˈpedience noun
exˈpediency noun
References in classic literature ?
Learn, caitiff, the expediency of uncalculating zeal.
De Courcy, which I know was given with the full conviction of its expediency, though I am not quite determined on following it.
in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable?
The quantity of the imposition, the expediency or inexpediency of an increase on either side, would be mutually questions of prudence; but there would be involved no direct contradiction of power.
In the expediency of this I could not but acquiesce; and as the natives had now completed their preparations, I watched with the liveliest interest the reception that Toby's application might meet with.
Sam, loud and overbearing as he was, she rather regretted when he went, for he was clever and intelligent, and glad to be employed in any errand in the town; and though spurning the remonstrances of Susan, given as they were, though very reasonable in themselves, with ill-timed and powerless warmth, was beginning to be influenced by Fanny's services and gentle persuasions; and she found that the best of the three younger ones was gone in him: Tom and Charles being at least as many years as they were his juniors distant from that age of feeling and reason, which might suggest the expediency of making friends, and of endeavouring to be less disagreeable.
Troy being consulted as to the expediency of accepting this proposal, objected to the pecuniary terms demanded as being extravagantly high.
It ought to have been a habit with him by this time, of following his duty, instead of consulting expediency.
But as the ultimate object of these papers is to determine clearly and fully the merits of this Constitution, and the expediency of adopting it, our plan cannot be complete without taking a more critical and thorough survey of the work of the convention, without examining it on all its sides, comparing it in all its parts, and calculating its probable effects.
The different measures suited to the nine varieties of ground; the expediency of aggressive or defensive tactics; and the fundamental laws of human nature: these are things that must most certainly be studied.
In his oration for the bachelor's degree, he gives me to understand, he will treat of the classical myths, viewed in the aspect of baby stories, and has a great mind to discuss the expediency of using up the whole of ancient history, for the same purpose.
Their dismay, however, was but transient, and they immediately set to work, with that prompt expediency produced by the exigencies of the wilderness, to fit themselves for the change in their condition.