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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

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


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. serving to promote your interest;
- Example: "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"

2. appropriate to a purpose; practical;
- Example: "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Expedient \Ex*pe"di*ent\a. [L. expediens, -entis, p. pr. of expedire to be expedient, release, extricate: cf. F. exp['e]dient. See Expedite.] 1. 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 or principled. [1913 Webster] It is expedient for you that I go away. --John xvi. 7. [1913 Webster] Nothing but the right can ever be expedient, since that can never be true expediency which would sacrifice a greater good to a less. --Whately. [1913 Webster] 2. Quick; expeditious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] His marches are expedient to this town. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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 exigency; shift. Syn: Shift; contrivance; resource; substitute. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

expedient adj 1: serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient" [ant: inexpedient] 2: appropriate to a purpose; practical; "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty" n 1: a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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