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Meaning of EXPEDIENT

Pronunciation:  ik'speedeeunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
  2. [adj]  serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
  3. [adj]  appropriate to a purpose; practical; "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty"

EXPEDIENT is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: advantageous, appropriate, opportunist, opportunistic, timeserving
 Antonyms: inexpedient
 See Also: agency, convenient, crutch, improvisation, last resort, makeshift, means, pis aller, politic, stopgap, temporary expedient, useful, utile, way



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*pe"di*ent\a. [L. expediens, -entis, p. pr. of
    expedire to be expedient, release, extricate: cf. F.
    exp['e]dient. See {Expedite}.]
    1. Hastening or forward; hence, tending to further or promote
       a proposed object; fit or proper under the circumstances;
       conducive to self-interest; desirable; advisable;
       advantageous; -- sometimes contradistinguished from right.
             It is expedient for you that I go away. --John xvi.
             Nothing but the right can ever be expedient, since
             that can never be true expediency which would
             sacrifice a greater good to a less.   --Whately.
    2. Quick; expeditious. [Obs.]
             His marches are expedient to this town. --Shak.
  2. \Ex*pe"di*ent\, n.
    1. That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to
       accomplish an end.
             What sure expedient than shall Juno find, To calm
             her fears and ease her boding mind?   --Philips.
    2. Means devised in an exigency; shift.
    Syn: Shift; contrivance; resource; substitute.
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