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  • n. Plural form of expedience.


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  • And the historical holes intentionally left in Defiance, Zwik's historical expediences, taken by movie's maker, Edward Zwick, (and perhaps the story's author, Nechama Tec) are actually heightened by many of the characters statements, making one extremely curious about the events of the time.

    Defiance with Daniel Craig: Good movie that opens a BIG can of worms!

  • Thus it makes the individual the center of his own universe, and dissolves moral principles into a choice of expediences.

    The Acquisitive Society

  • Alternatively, he could be the sort of person that agrees with the last person who spoke to him, and chops and changes his mind with the prevailing winds or the expediences of politics.

    Political schizophrenia?

  • Others versed in the doctrine of chances, and certain secret expediences, frequent all those places where games of hazard are allowed: and such as are masters in the arts of billiards, tennis, and bowls, are continually lying in wait, in all the scenes of these diversions, for the ignorant and unwary.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • This is as old as Pythagoras and as new as Bergson and Croce; it assumes that the concept of justice is man-made, produced and to be altered by expediences and practicalities, always in flux.

    Preaching and Paganism

  • Falsehood slopes into truth through cunning expediences and white lies.

    My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

  • God is not mocked; as men sow, so shall they reap, and against a law of nature both the transient amelioration wrought by philanthropists and the subtle expediences of scientific politicians are alike futile.

    Birth Control A Statement of Christian Doctrine against the Neo-Malthusians

  • Indeed they are the results of various necessities and expediences.

    Paras. 275-299

  • He was as witty as Sydney Smith, as clever at expediences as Robinson Crusoe, as shrewd a politician as

    In the Yule-Log Glow, Book I Christmas Tales from 'Round the World

  • Life, according to this school, is only a product of the happy combination of the atoms; feeling and thought are but the iridescence of the brain tissues; conscience but a transmuted form of ancestral fears and expediences.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 19, June, 1891


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