What does expedient mean?

Definitions for expedientɪkˈspi di ənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word expedient.

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

  5. Origin: [L. expediens, -entis, p. pr. of expedire to be expedient, release, extricate: cf. F. expdient. See Expedite.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Expedient

    eks-pē′di-ent, adj. suitable: advisable: (Shak.) hasty.—n. that which serves to promote: means suitable to an end: contrivance.—ns. Expē′dience (Shak.), haste, despatch: expediency; Expē′diency, fitness: desirableness: self-interest.—adj. Expedien′tial.—adv. Expē′diently. [L. expediens, -entis, pr.p. of expedīre.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of expedient in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of expedient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Publilius Syrus (c. 42 BC):

    It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.

  2. Ben Carson:

    Politicians do what is politically expedient, and I want to do what's right.

  3. Thomas Alva Edison:

    There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.

  4. Oksana Tarasenko:

    As the next stage assumes a competitive comparison of the proposals, it is not expedient to name the banks.

  5. Dexter Scott King:

    My father said, 'Politics asks the question Is it expedient Vanity asks Is it popular But conscience asks Is it right'

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Translations for expedient

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • وسيلةArabic
  • средство, целесъобразен, начин, удобен, способBulgarian
  • formålstjenligtDanish
  • Hilfsmittel, Notlösung, nützlich, Ausflucht, ratsam, Mittel, zweckmäßig, Nothilfe, AuswegGerman
  • célszerűHungarian
  • espediente, opportuno, escamotageItalian
  • 편리한Korean
  • целисходен, целесообразен, целисходно средствоMacedonian
  • uitweg, snel, uitgekookt, slimmigheid, eenvoudig, redmiddelDutch
  • bekvemmelighetNorwegian
  • expeditivi, expeditive, expeditiv, expeditivăRomanian
  • простой, приём, уловка, удобныйRussian
  • ändamålsenligSwedish
  • uygun, yerinde, çözüm, yardımcı, münasipTurkish
  • متوقعUrdu
  • 权宜Chinese

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