Expediency
Expedience Ex*pe"di*ence, Expediency Ex*pe"di*en*cy,, n. 1. The quality of being expedient or advantageous; fitness or suitableness to effect a purpose intended; adaptedness to self-interest; desirableness; advantage; advisability; -- sometimes contradistinguished from {moral rectitude} or {principle}. [1913 Webster]

Divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice. --Cogan. [1913 Webster]

To determine concerning the expedience of action. --Sharp. [1913 Webster]

Much declamation may be heard in the present day against expediency, as if it were not the proper object of a deliberative assembly, and as if it were only pursued by the unprincipled. --Whately. [1913 Webster]

2. Expedition; haste; dispatch. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Making hither with all due expedience. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. An expedition; enterprise; adventure. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Forwarding this dear expedience. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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