Expedient

[ɛkspˈiːdi͡ənt], [ɛkspˈiːdi‍ənt], [ɛ_k_s_p_ˈiː_d_iə_n_t]

Definitions of expedient:

  1.   Quick; expeditious.
  2.   That which promotes an end; resource.
  3.   Means devised in an exigency; shift.
  4.   A contrivance or shift; that which serves to promote or help forward any end or purpose.
  5.   Fit or suitable for the purpose; tending to promote some end; proper or necessary under the circumstances.
  6.   appropriate to a purpose; practical; " in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty"
  7.   Suitable under the circumstances; advantageous; advisable.
  8.   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.
  9.   That which promotes; means; contrivance.
  10.   serving to promote your interest; " was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
  11.   That which serves to promote or accomplish a purpose; means devised or employed in an exigency; shift. See Expedite.
  12.   a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
  13.   Tending to promote; advisable; judicious.
  14.   A means; device.
  15.   Suitable: advisable.
  16.   That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end.
  17.   EXPEDIENTLY.
  18.   That which serves to promote: means suitable to an end: contrivance.
  19.   Tending to promote an object proposed; serviceable for a purpose; proper under the circumstances; conducive to one's own ends.
  20.   Fit; convenient; advisable.

Antonyms for expedient:

unseasonable, deceitful, unserviceable, unwise, delusive, vapid, trivial, inadvisable, unsatisfying, impractical, inefficacious, unavailing, injudicious, untimely, inconstant, Hamstrung, bootless, ineffectual, unfeasible, counterproductive, ineffective, baseless, null, imprudent, vain, inefficient, inopportune, unprofitable, worthless, useless, feckless, fruitless, impolitic, unimportant, futile, unsubstantial, inexpedient, abortive, unreal, profitless, nugatory.


Quotes for expedient:

  1. Dictatorships do cut down on rape, and pillage, not to mention sexual harassment, by the simple expedient of sending people to labour camps for life or cutting off their hands without a trial. – Barbara Amiel
  2. 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
  3. An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient or finds the issue of a complicated situation. – Joseph Conrad
  4. There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. – Thomas A. Edison
  5. If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin. – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  6. A good and faithful judge ever prefers the honorable to the expedient – Horace
  7. Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient – Aldo Leopold
  8. Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship. – James Russell Lowell
  9. It is our happiness to live under the government of a PRINCE who is satisfied with ruling according to law; as every other good prince will- We enjoy under his administration all the liberty that is proper and expedient for us. – Jonathan Mayhew
  10. It is a measure of the framers' fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself. – Sandra Day O'Connor
  11. You ask yourself not if this or that is expedient but if it is right. – Alan Paton
  12. A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Usage examples for expedient:

  1. 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
  2. But it would be very expedient that she should be called Mrs. Neville instead of Lady Scroope. ” – An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope
  3. “ Bendel at last thought of an expedient he jumped out of the carriage. ” – The Marvellous History of the Shadowless Man and The Cold Heart by Adelbert von Chamisso Wilhelm Hauff
  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. “ I was not long, however, before I adopted a Caffre expedient for obtaining meat. ” – The White Chief of the Caffres by A.W. Drayson
  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. They were sometimes a temporary concession, meant to lead to better things; an expedient rather than a revelation. ” – The Gospel According to St. Mark by G. A. Chadwick
  8. 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
  9. “ I mean, of course, considerations of what is expedient for the community concerned. ” – The American Judiciary by Simeon E. Baldwin, LLD
  10. 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
  11. But even this expedient failed. ” – The Prodigal Judge by Vaughan Kester
  12. Whereupon he again found it expedient to bridge a long silence with a word or so. ” – The Emperor of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlof
  13. They were fast having recourse to school- books, using no other precaution than the simple expedient of writing them themselves. ” – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  14. 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
  15. I've employed a nice test, and if there's life I think this little expedient will reveal it. ” – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  16. “ I had not seen the man who so much as suggested one economical principle or an economical expedient upon that subject. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  17. In this condition would it be expedient for her to accept Lord Fawn when he came? ” – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  18. 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
  19. The rising, however, had been put down, and Clinton had not thought it expedient to try a serious invasion, in face of the large force assembled to resist him. ” – The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence by A. T. Mahan
  20. “ 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

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