Expedient definition

ĭk-spēdē-ənt
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Useful for effecting a desired result; suited to the circumstances or the occasion; advantageous; convenient.
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Suitable or efficient for accomplishing a purpose.

Thought e-mail was the most expedient way to communicate with distant relatives.

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Something that is a means to an end, especially when based on self-interest.

Compromised only as an expedient to boost his career.

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Something contrived or used to meet an urgent need.

Exhausted every expedient before filing a lawsuit.

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Based on or offering what is of use or advantage rather than what is right or just; guided by self-interest; politic.
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An expedient thing; means to an end.
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Most people, faced with a decision, will choose the most expedient option.

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Convenient but based on a concern for self-interest rather than principle.

Changed his position when it was politically expedient.

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A device used in an emergency; makeshift; resource.
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Governed by self-interest, often short-term self-interest.
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A method or means for achieving a particular result, especially when direct or efficient; a resource.
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(obsolete) Speedy; expeditious.
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The definition of expedient is something that is appropriate and convenient, even if it isn't the best option.

An example of an expedient solution to forgetting your homework is to copy someone else's work.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
expedient
Plural:
expedients

Origin of expedient

  • Middle English from Latin expediēns expedient- present participle of expedīre to make ready expedite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French expedient, from Latin expediens (stem expedient-), present participle of expedire (“to bring forward, to dispatch, to expedite; impers. to be profitable, serviceable, advantageous, expedient”), from ex (“out”) + pes

    From Wiktionary