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 ?
So far, the terrible scene that had just occurred proved favorable to his views, and he required no other prompter than his own feelings to convince him of the expediency of profiting by so unexpected an advantage.
Hence, too, might be drawn a weighty lesson from the little-regarded truth, that the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or evil fruit in a far-distant time; that, together with the seed of the merely temporary crop, which mortals term expediency, they inevitably sow the acorns of a more enduring growth, which may darkly overshadow their posterity.
If you have never seen that sight, then suspend your decision about the propriety of devil-worship, and the expediency of conciliating the devil.
He was never tired of looking at it, and even held a council with Eva on the expediency of getting it framed, to hang up in his room.
in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable?
The longer she considered it, the greater was her sense of its expediency.
After that, I suppose, I WAS wrong in remaining so much in Sussex, and the arguments with which I reconciled myself to the expediency of it, were no better than these:--The danger is my own; I am doing no injury to anybody but myself.
I was not fond of pampering that susceptible vanity of his; but for once, and from motives of expediency, I would e'en soothe and stimulate it.
I felt it rather hard, I must own, to be made, without deserving it, the subject of jokes between the coachman and guard as to the coach drawing heavy behind, on account of my sitting there, and as to the greater expediency of my travelling by waggon.
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.
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.