Definitions for expedientɪkˈspi di ənt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word expedient
a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
serving to promote your interest
"was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
appropriate to a purpose; practical
"in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty"
A method or means for achieving a particular result, especially when direct or efficient; a resource.
Simple, easy, or quick; convenient.
Most people, faced with a decision, will choose the most expedient option.
Governed by self-interest, often short-term self-interest.
Origin: From expediens (stem expedient-), present participle of expedire, from ex + pes
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
that which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end
means devised in an exigency; shift
Origin: [L. expediens, -entis, p. pr. of expedire to be expedient, release, extricate: cf. F. expdient. See Expedite.]
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- средство, целесъобразен, начин, удобен, способBulgarian
- Hilfsmittel, Notlösung, nützlich, Ausflucht, ratsam, Mittel, zweckmäßig, Nothilfe, AuswegGerman
- espediente, opportuno, escamotageItalian
- целисходен, целесообразен, целисходно средствоMacedonian
- uitweg, snel, uitgekookt, slimmigheid, eenvoudig, redmiddelDutch
- expeditivi, expeditive, expeditiv, expeditivăRomanian
- простой, приём, уловка, удобныйRussian
- uygun, yerinde, çözüm, yardımcı, münasipTurkish
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