- the quality or state of being expedient; suitability for a given purpose; appropriateness to the conditions
- the doing or consideration of what is of selfish use or advantage rather than of what is right or just; self-interest
- pl. -·cies an expedient
- An example of expediency is a company that's losing money laying off employees.
- An example of expediency is a politician appointing someone to a position because they donated money to their campaign.
Expediency is defined as someone or something that is defined as appropriate for a situation or someone doing something for selfish reasons.
- Appropriateness to the purpose at hand.
- Adherence to self-serving means: a politician, guided by expediency rather than principle.
- A means; an expedient.
(countable and uncountable, plural expediencies)
- But even with regard to the expediency of such punishments we may have doubts.
- His diary reveals a tender and devout private life which has been overlooked by those who have only considered the versatile facility and persuasive expediency that marked the successful public career of the bishop, and earned!
- In this way the utilitarian method is freed from the subversive tendencies which Butler and others had discerned in it; as used by Paley, it merely explains the current moral and jural distinctions, exhibits the obvious basis of expediency which supports most of the received rules of law and morality and furnishes a simple solution, in harmony with common sense, of some perplexing casuistical questions.
- The writer of this letter suggested that his open condemnation of the murders had been a matter of expediency, and that Burke deserved his fate.
- The chief points were (I) the lawfulness and expediency of certain terms employed by the Jesuits in naming God Almighty, such as Tien, " Heaven," and Shang-ti, " Supreme Ruler" or "Emperor," instead of Tien-Chu, " Lord of Heaven," and in particular the erection of inscribed tablets in the churches, on which these terms were made use of; 2 (2) in respect to the ceremonial offerings made in honour of Confucius, and of personal ancestors, which Ricci had recognized as merely "civil" observances; (3) the erection of tablets in honour of ancestors in private houses; and (4), more generally,- sanction and favour accorded to ancient Chinese sacred books and philosophical doctrine, as not really trespassing;on Christian faith.