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Definitions of expediency

  1. An expedition; enterprise; adventure. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. The quality of being expedient or advantageous; fitness or suitableness to effect a purpose intended; adaptedness to self-interest; desirableness; advantage; advisability; - sometimes contradistinguished from moral rectitude. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Suitableness; fitness; advisability. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. Suitableness for the end or purpose intended; propriety under the particular circumstances of a case; advantage; self-interest. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. EXPEDIENTLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for expediency

  1. Now, this consideration of expediency is one of constant and far- reaching importance. – Mind and Motion and Monism by George John Romanes
  2. It was quite different from the wholesale adoption of a body of non- national, poetical gods: yet even this development was too artificial, too much stamped with the marks of expediency and courtesy and compromise. – Five Stages of Greek Religion by Gilbert Murray
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