- 1(Of an action) convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral: either side could break the agreement if it were expedient to do soMore example sentences
- Although they offer a convenient and expedient method of obtaining a handful of cash, there is a significant downside to the business.
- This is a very warped, although certainly expedient ‘analysis.’
- We are dealing with secular humanists, and while we are on earth, what is expedient, and convenient, will pass for truth and morality.
- 1.1(Of an action) suitable or appropriate: holding a public inquiry into the scheme was not expedientMore example sentences
- It seems a timely and expedient move that a number of agencies within the federation power structures started monitoring engineer preparation of the national territory.
- It was decided that creating a new line on the south side of the river would be the most expedient method to effect a double-track railroad.
- For example, a two-echelon formation is the most typical and possibly the most expedient one in a given situation.
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- A means of attaining an end, especially one that is convenient but considered improper or immoral: the current policy is a political expedientMore example sentences
- The following various procedures and expedients have evolved over time to create a ceramic program that is efficient.
- We are not apt to fear for the fearless when we are companions in their danger, and Bob's mind was absorbed in possible expedients for the safety of the helpless in-doors.
- They cannot be beaten by the standard expedients like military force or political tools.
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- It has shown that it is prepared to abuse the constitution for political convenience and expedience.
- This must be challenged by all who believe that democracy is more important than expedience, and that Constitutions must be decided by the people.
- An immigration policy is urgently needed, national experts warn, and not one simply based on the economic expedience of cheap available labor.
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- We were doing exactly what the federal government was planning to do except more expediently.
- This can be done expediently if the political will exists.
- That method which can most expediently save life, and guarantee a better quality of life for all sides must be chosen.
late Middle English: from Latin expedient- 'extricating, putting in order', from the verb expedire (see expedite). The original sense was neutral; the depreciatory sense, implying disregard of moral considerations, dates from the late 18th century.