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Other Expedient Definition

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



Misc. Definitions

\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.
7. 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.
\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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