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ex·pe·di·ent

 (ĭk-spē′dē-ənt)
adj.
1. Suitable or efficient for accomplishing a purpose: thought email was the most expedient way to communicate with distant relatives.
2. Convenient but based on a concern for self-interest rather than principle: changed his position when it was politically expedient.
3. Obsolete Speedy; expeditious.
n.
1. Something that is a means to an end, especially when based on self-interest: compromised only as an expedient to boost his career.
2. Something contrived or used to meet an urgent need: exhausted every expedient before filing a lawsuit.

[Middle English, from Latin expediēns, expedient-, present participle of expedīre, to make ready; see expedite.]

ex·pe′di·ent·ly adv.

expedient

(ɪkˈspiːdɪənt)
adj
1. suitable to the circumstances; appropriate
2. inclined towards methods or means that are advantageous rather than fair or just
n
something suitable or appropriate, esp something used during an urgent situation
[C14: from Latin expediēns setting free; see expedite]
exˈpediently adv

ex•pe•di•ent

(ɪkˈspi di ənt)

adj.
1. fit or suitable for the purpose; proper; advisable: It is expedient that you go.
2. conducive to advantage; governed by self-interest; advantageous.
n.
3. a handy means to an end.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin expedient-, s. of expediēns, present participle of expedīre. See expedite, -ent]
ex•pe′di•ent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.expedient - a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
means, way, agency - how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction"; "the true way to success"
make-do, makeshift, stopgap - something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
crutch - anything that serves as an expedient; "he uses drugs as a psychological crutch"
temporary expedient, improvisation - an unplanned expedient
last resort, pis aller - an expedient adopted only in desperation; "`pis aller' is French for `worst going'"
Adj.1.expedient - serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
advantageous - giving an advantage; "a contract advantageous to our country"; "socially advantageous to entertain often"
convenient - suited to your comfort or purpose or needs; "a convenient excuse for not going"
politic - marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness; "it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"; "a politic decision"; "a politic manager"; "a politic old scoundrel"; "a shrewd and politic reply"
useful, utile - being of use or service; "the girl felt motherly and useful"; "a useful job"; "a useful member of society"
inexpedient - not suitable or advisable; "an inexpedient tactic"
2.expedient - appropriate to a purpose; practical; "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty"
politic - marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness; "it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"; "a politic decision"; "a politic manager"; "a politic old scoundrel"; "a shrewd and politic reply"

expedient

noun
1. means, measure, scheme, method, resource, resort, device, manoeuvre, expediency, stratagem, contrivance, stopgap I reduced my spending by the simple expedient of destroying my credit cards.

expedient

adjective
1. Suited to one's end or purpose:
2. Worth doing, especially for practical reasons:
noun
Something used temporarily or reluctantly when other means are not available:
Translations
مُلائِم، مُناسِب
hensigtsmæssigsmart
ajánlatos
hentugur; ráîlegur
tikslingas
ieteicamslietderīgsnoderīgs
işine gelen

expedient

[ɪksˈpiːdɪənt]
A. ADJ (= convenient, politic) → oportuno, conveniente
B. Nrecurso m

expedient

[ɪkˈspiːdiənt]
adjopportun(e)
nexpédient m

expedient

adj (= politic)zweckdienlich; (= advisable)angebracht, ratsam
nNotbehelf m, → Hilfsmittel nt

expedient

[ɪksˈpiːdɪənt]
1. nespediente m
2. adj (convenient, politic) → conveniente, opportuno/a

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 ?
He declared them to be, like all other morals, merely an expedient for protecting a certain type of man.
Such an infatuated policy, such a desperate expedient, might, by the multiplication of petty offices, answer the views of men who possess not qualifications to extend their influence beyond the narrow circles of personal intrigue, but it could never promote the greatness or happiness of the people of America.
The election of magistrates might be, if it were found expedient, as in some instances it actually has been, daily, weekly, or monthly, as well as annual; and if circumstances may require a deviation from the rule on one side, why not also on the other side?
My greatest apprehension was for mine eyes, which I should have infallibly lost, if I had not suddenly thought of an expedient.
This is a common expedient with the traders and trappers of the mountains.
The strength of my passion is such, that I became desperate, and was resolved to try any expedient that I thought might lead to success.
No;" answered Nightingale, "not if I can give you an expedient by which you may at any time get out of the trap.
Lady Susan finds it necessary that Frederica should be to blame, and probably has sometimes judged it expedient to excuse her of ill-nature and sometimes to lament her want of sense.
And so, as they had the power and wish to inculpate him, this expedient of an inquiry and trial seemed unnecessary.
It is not expedient to burden this preliminary to my story with further details, which I do make asseveration I possess a-plenty.
If I possessed an expedient for extricating her from a dilemma, without compromising my own neck to the extent of a single running knot, what would you say to it?
This course, when others fail, may be good, but it is very bad to have neglected all other expedients for that, since you would never wish to fall because you trusted to be able to find someone later on to restore you.