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Definitions of expedient

  1. appropriate to a purpose; practical; "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Quick; expeditious. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Means devised in an exigency; shift. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Fit; convenient; advisable. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A means; device. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Suitable: advisable. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. That which serves to promote: means suitable to an end: contrivance. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. EXPEDIENTLY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Tending to promote; advisable; judicious. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. That which promotes; means; contrivance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Suitable under the circumstances; advantageous; advisable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. That which promotes an end; resource. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Tending to promote an object proposed; serviceable for a purpose; proper under the circumstances; conducive to one's own ends. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. That which serves to promote or accomplish a purpose; means devised or employed in an exigency; shift. See Expedite. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Fit or suitable for the purpose; tending to promote some end; proper or necessary under the circumstances. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. A contrivance or shift; that which serves to promote or help forward any end or purpose. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  22. eks-p[=e]'di-ent, adj. suitable: advisable: (Shak.) hasty.--n. that which serves to promote: means suitable to an end: contrivance.--ns. EXP[=E]'DIENCE (Shak.), haste, despatch: expediency; EXP[=E]'DIENCY, fitness: desirableness: self-interest.--adj. EXPEDIEN'TIAL.--adv. EXP[=E]'DIENTLY. [L. expediens, -entis, pr.p. of exped[=i]re.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. (Usu. predic.) advantageous, suitable, as do whatever is e., it is e. that he should go; politic rather than just; (n.) contrivance, device. Hence or cogn. expedience, -ENCY, nn., expediential a., expendiently adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. n. Suitable means to accomplish an end; — means devised or employed in an exigency; contrivance; resort; resource; substitute; device. Cabinet Dictionary
  25. Proper, fit, convenient, suitable; quick, expeditious. Complete Dictionary
  26. That which helps forward, as means to an end; a shift, means to an end contrived in an exigence. Complete Dictionary

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