Expedient - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪkˈspiːdiənt|  American pronunciation of the word expedient
Brit.  |ɪkˈspiːdɪənt|  British pronunciation of the word expedient


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


- appropriate to a purpose; practical


They found it expedient to negotiate with the terrorists.

Do the right thing, not the expedient thing.

The government chose short-term expedients instead of a real economic policy.

We can solve this problem by the simple expedient of taking out another loan.

This solution is politically expedient but may well cause long-term problems.

We think it is expedient to make a good-will gesture to the new administration.

Moore escaped by the simple expedient of lying down in a clump of grass.

in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty

Word forms

singular: expedient
plural: expedients
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