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Definition 1: a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one - [noun denoting act]

(expedient is a kind of ...) thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end

"a means of control" "an example is the best agency of instruction" "the true way to success"

(... is a kind of expedient ) something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency

(... is a kind of expedient ) anything that serves as an expedient

"he uses drugs as a psychological crutch"

(... is a kind of expedient ) an unplanned expedient

(... is a kind of expedient ) an expedient adopted only in desperation

"`pis aller' is French for `worst going'"

Definition 2: serving to promote your interest - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where expedient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • was merciful only when mercy was expedient

(expedient is similar to ...) appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness

(expedient is similar to ...) taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit

(expedient is similar to ...) presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality

"a carpetbag stranger" "a capetbag politician"

(means also ...) giving an advantage

"a contract advantageous to our country" "socially advantageous to entertain often"

(means also ...) suited to your comfort or purpose or needs

"a convenient excuse for not going"

(means also ...) marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness

"it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels" "a politic decision" "a politic manager" "a politic old scoundrel" "a shrewd and politic reply"

(means also ...) being of use or service

"the girl felt motherly and useful" "a useful job" "a useful member of society"

Definition 3: appropriate to a purpose; practical - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where expedient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty

(expedient is similar to ...) marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness

"it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels" "a politic decision" "a politic manager" "a politic old scoundrel" "a shrewd and politic reply"

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