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  • n. Plural form of expedient.

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Examples

  • The slave trade has never yet been put down on the western coast of Africa by blockading squadrons, and the cotton trade, no doubt, will be equally fertile in expedients and equally successful in partially evading or surmounting the difficulties by which it is beset.

    Belligerent Rights

  • Nothing remained now but to contrive means for their meeting; but as Bonnivet was fertile in expedients, this was soon done.

    The Heptameron of Margaret, Queen of Navarre

  • For today's report, a detailed investigation by the committee found "disturbing evidence" that cost-cutting measures being implemented "could fairly be described as 'short-term expedients' or 'salami slicing"'.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • But what he did not realise - or chose not to tell them this will be a subject for future economic historians - was that a string of tax amnesties adopted by the previous government, and much-criticised as short-term expedients, had widened the tax base and were bringing in far more revenue than expected.

    The Guardian World News

  • As he first sketched the general outline of his design, and then proceeded to the particulars of each military movement, he displayed such comprehensiveness of mind; such depth of penetration; clearness of apprehension; facility in expedients; promptitude in perceiving, and fixing on the most favorable points of attack; explaining their bearings upon the power of the enemy; and where the possession of such a castle would compel the neighboring ones to surrender; and where occupying the little hills with bands of resolute Scots, would be a more efficient bulwark than a thousand towers – that Maxwell gazed on him with admiration, and Lennox with wonder.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • If, therefore, Alexius Comnenus was, during his anxious seat upon the throne of the East, reduced to use a base and truckling course of policy — if he was sometimes reluctant to fight when he had a conscious doubt of the valour of his troops — if he commonly employed cunning and dissimulation instead of wisdom, and perfidy instead of courage — his expedients were the disgrace of the age, rather than his own.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Buddhist literary activity has an interesting side aspect, namely the expedients used to transliterate Indian words, which almost provided the Chinese with an alphabet.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3

  • If, therefore, Alexius Comnenus was, during his anxious seat upon the throne of the East, reduced to use a base and truckling course of policy -- if he was sometimes reluctant to fight when he had a conscious doubt of the valour of his troops -- if he commonly employed cunning and dissimulation instead of wisdom, and perfidy instead of courage -- his expedients were the disgrace of the age, rather than his own.

    Waverley Novels — Volume 12

  • Diana had all that versatile cleverness and capacity for expedients which is likely to be acquired in a wandering and troubled life.

    Birds of Prey

  • Mr.Wm. Summer, of South Carolina, contributes the following to the list of our "expedients":

    Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests, Medical, Economical, and Agricultural. Being also a Medical Botany of the Confederate States; with Practical Information on the Useful Properties of the Trees, Plants, and Shrubs

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