Definitions for expedientɪkˈspi di ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•pe•di•entɪkˈspi di ənt(adj.)

  1. fit or suitable for the purpose; proper; advisable:

    It is expedient that you go.

  2. conducive to advantage; governed by self-interest; advantageous.

  3. (n.)a handy means to an end.

Origin of expedient:

1350–1400; ME < L expedient-, s. of expediēns, prp. of expedīre. See expedite , -ent


Princeton's WordNet

  1. expedient(adj)

    a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

  2. expedient(adj)

    serving to promote your interest

    "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"

  3. expedient(adj)

    appropriate to a purpose; practical

    "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty"


  1. expedient(Noun)

    A method or means for achieving a particular result, especially when direct or efficient; a resource.

  2. expedient(Adjective)

    Simple, easy, or quick; convenient.

    Most people, faced with a decision, will choose the most expedient option.

  3. expedient(Adjective)

    Governed by self-interest, often short-term self-interest.

  4. Origin: From expediens (stem expedient-), present participle of expedire, from ex + pes

Webster Dictionary

  1. Expedient(adj)

    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. Expedient(adj)

    quick; expeditious

  3. Expedient(noun)

    that which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end

  4. Expedient(noun)

    means devised in an exigency; shift

Translations for expedient

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


convenient or advisable

It is not expedient to pay him what he has asked.

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