from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Expediency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being fit or suitable to effect some desired end or the purpose intended; propriety or advisability under the particular circumstances of a case.
  • n. Speed, haste or urgency.
  • n. Something that is expedient.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 or principle.
  • n. Expedition; haste; dispatch.
  • n. An expedition; enterprise; adventure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fitness; suitableness: same as expediency.
  • n. An expedition; an adventure.
  • n. Expedition; haste; despatch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
  • n. the quality of being suited to the end in view


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • His successors proved to be no more fertile in expedience than he (Godon, p. 179). harold Says:

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  • Extensive efforts (intellectual, spiritual and structural) have been undertaken to establish this continuity and preserve it in light of the changing fabric of the human experience and to ignore these efforts in favor of some revisionist notion of religion as changing out of pure expedience is as cynical as it is ignorant.

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  • These children will inherit the repercussions of our actions on the environment, but hopefully not our shortsightedness; expedience is no longer an excuse for turning a blind eye.

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  • I, too, have argued Detroit's business model is hopelessly broken, that its costs were indefensibly high, its brand image tarnished, its culture mired in denial, its management and union leadership too often willing to accept short-term expedience at the expense of long-term success. - Local

  • The problem is people aren't visiting branches as much as they used to because when you look at their core drivers in getting stuff done, namely expedience and convenience, the branch simply is no longer the best choice.

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  • If he joined the Rev Wright's church only out of political expedience, that is too cynical.

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  • Dubai's leadership, however, still views Abu Dhabi's dominance as matter of short term expedience, "Sabra of Eurasia Group said.

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  • For the sake of "expedience", many Christian parents have gone along to get along.

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  • Final food for thought: Is Obama trying to redefine national security as mere "expedience" in order to make it easier to put U.S. national security in the back seat?


  • So too in banking, a system far more complex than playground equipment, both the government and its agencies should be mindful that pulling the levers marked "expedience" is not possible without launching unintended consequences.

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