expedient UK US /ɪkˈspiːdiənt/ adjective FORMAL
helpful or useful in the situation that now exists, although perhaps not the right thing to do morally or for the future: it is expedient to do sth »

It might be expedient not to pay him until some time after the work is finished.


It would not be politically expedient to propose new fees.


The management has taken a series of expedient measures to improve the company's financial situation.

expediently /ɪkˈspiːdiəntli/ adverb

We need to find the means to take decisions both expediently and with due public consultation.

expedient UK US /ɪkˈspiːdiənt/ noun [C] FORMAL
an action that is expedient: »

The company can save money by the simple expedient of cutting investment and hiring.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • expedient — adj Expedient, politic, advisable are comparable when they are used to imply a choice (as of course, action, or method) and to mean dictated by practical wisdom or by motives of prudence. Something is expedient from which definite and usually… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • expedient — Expedient. s. m. Moyen, invention de terminer une affaire. Trouvez moy quelque expedient. c est un homme d expedient. proposer des expedients. On dit. Il est expedient, pour dire, Il est à propos, il est necessaire. Il est expedient de faire cela …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Expedient — Ex*pe di*ent, n. 1. That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end. [1913 Webster] What sure expedient than shall Juno find, To calm her fears and ease her boding mind? Philips. [1913 Webster] 2. Means devised in an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • expedient — (adj.) late 14c., advantageous, fit, proper, from O.Fr. expedient (14c.) or directly from L. expedientem (nom. expediens) beneficial, prp. of expedire make fit or ready, prepare (see EXPEDITE (Cf. expedite)). The noun meaning a device adopted in… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • expedient — I noun agency, alternative, apparatus, appliance, arrangement, artifice, auxiliary, campaign, consilium, contributing force, contrivance, convenience, course, design, device, equipment, formula, implement, instrument, invention, machina,… …   Law dictionary

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