- 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!
- There may be the folk-right of West and East Saxons, of East Angles, of Kentish men, Mercians, Northumbrians, Danes, Welshmen, and these main folk-right divisions remain even when tribal kingdoms disappear and the people is concentrated in one or two realms. The chief centres for the formulation and application of folkright were in the 10th and iith centuries the shire-moots, while the witan of the realm generally placed themselves on the higher ground of State expediency, although occasionally using folkright ideas.
- It was but natural, therefore, that efforts should at once have been made to establish the institution of slavery on Indiana soil, and as early as 1802 a convention called to consider the expediency of slavery asked Congress to suspend the prohibitory clause of the Ordinance for ten years, but a committee of which John Randolph of Virginia was chairman reported against such action.
- 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.