AskDefine | Define expedient

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expedient adj
1 serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient" [ant: inexpedient]
2 appropriate to a purpose; practical; "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty" n : a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

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expediens (stem expedient-), present participle of expedire “to expedite.”


  1. Simple, easy, or quick; convenient.
    Most people, faced with a decision, will choose the most expedient option.



  1. An easy or simple method; a shortcut.
    They increased profits by the simple expedient of selling a smaller bottle for the same price.


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