expedient

[ɛkspˈiːdi͡ənt], [ɛkspˈiːdi‍ənt], [ɛ_k_s_p_ˈiː_d_iə_n_t]

Definitions of expedient:

  1.   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.
  2.   A means; device. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3.   Tending to promote; advisable; judicious. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4.   EXPEDIENTLY. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   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.
  6.   Fit; convenient; advisable. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   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.
  8.   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.
  9.   That which serves to promote: means suitable to an end: contrivance. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10.   That which promotes; means; contrivance. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11.   Suitable: advisable. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Quotes for expedient:

  1. Environmental quality was drastically improved while economic activity grew by the simple expedient of removing lead from gasoline- which prevented it from entering the environment. – Barry Commoner
  2. There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. – Thomas A. Edison
  3. A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient – Horace
  4. Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient – Aldo Leopold
  5. You ask yourself not if this or that is expedient but if it is right. – Alan Paton

Usage examples for expedient:

  1. In business, as in love, he lost no time, and never was at a loss for his expedient but came at once to a decision, and gave it on the spot. ” – The Autobiography of a Journalist, Volume I by William James Stillman
  2. But even this expedient failed. ” – The Prodigal Judge by Vaughan Kester
  3. This was thought to be most expedient as the boy would not be on the road for above half an hour. ” – The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope
  4. The only help which is generally expedient even within the limits of the private and personal relations of two persons to each other, is that which consists in helping a man to help himself. ” – What Social Classes Owe to Each Other by William Graham Sumner
  5. “ Edward the First ventured to break through the rule: but, able, powerful, and popular as he was, he encountered an opposition to which he found it expedient to yield. ” – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  6. Your father was absolutely innocent in the matter, but his enemies and yours might find it expedient to spread fake reports which would only add to your sorrow. ” – The Crevice by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  7. It used to be believed by the country people that on Sunday mornings the bells could be heard far down in the earth, by the simple expedient of placing the ear to the ground. ” – Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland by Daniel Scott
  8. Whereupon he again found it expedient to bridge a long silence with a word or so. ” – The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlof
  9. It was her father who suggested an early marriage and a European trip for bride and groom, as the wisest expedient under the circumstances. ” – An Ambitious Man by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  10. When Eva met Katterle in front of the hospital, she had passed without noticing her, so completely had sorrow, anxiety, and the effort to think of some expedient engrossed her attention. ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers

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