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Pronunciation:  iksp'eedeeuns

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  1. [n]  taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
  2. [n]  the quality of being suited to the end in view

EXPEDIENCE is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: expediency, opportunism, self-interest, self-seeking
 Antonyms: inexpedience, inexpediency
 See Also: advantage, selfishness, vantage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*pe"di*ence\, Expediency \Ex*pe"di*en*cy\,, n.
1. The quality of being expedient or advantageous; fitness or
   suitableness to effect a purpose intended; adaptedness to
   self-interest; desirableness; advantage; advisability; --
   sometimes contradistinguished from moral rectitude.

         Divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice.

         To determine concerning the expedience of action.

         Much declamation may be heard in the present day
         against expediency, as if it were not the proper
         object of a deliberative assembly, and as if it were
         only pursued by the unprincipled.     --Whately.

2. Expedition; haste; dispatch. [Obs.]

         Making hither with all due expedience. --Shak.

3. An expedition; enterprise; adventure. [Obs.]

         Forwarding this dear expedience.      --Shak.

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