An example of an expedient solution to forgetting your homework is to copy someone else's work.
- useful for effecting a desired result; suited to the circumstances or the occasion; advantageous; convenient
- based on or offering what is of use or advantage rather than what is right or just; guided by self-interest; politic
Origin of expedientMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin expediens, present participle of expedire: see expedite
- an expedient thing; means to an end
- a device used in an emergency; makeshift; resource
- Suitable or efficient for accomplishing a purpose: thought e-mail was the most expedient way to communicate with distant relatives.
- Convenient but based on a concern for self-interest rather than principle: changed his position when it was politically expedient.
- Obsolete Speedy; expeditious.
- Something that is a means to an end, especially when based on self-interest: compromised only as an expedient to boost his career.
- Something contrived or used to meet an urgent need: exhausted every expedient before filing a lawsuit.
Origin of expedientMiddle English, from Latin expedi&emacron;ns, expedient-, present participle of exped&imacron;re, to make ready; see expedite.
(comparative more expedient, superlative most expedient)