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Definition of Expedient


  1. Hastening or forward; hence, tending to further or promote a proposed object; fit or proper under the circumstances; conducive to self-interest; desirable; advisable; advantageous; -- sometimes contradistinguished from right.
  2. Quick; expeditious.
  3. That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end.
  4. Means devised in an exigency; shift.

Expedient Quotations

If you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
Katharine Butler Hathaway

Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
James Russell Lowell

The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
Richard Dawkins

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient.
Aldo Leopold

A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
Frank Lloyd Wright
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Expedient Translations

expedient in Italian is opportuno, utile
expedient in Norwegian is hensiktsmessig, utvei
expedient in Spanish is tempestivo, util
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