Expedient Ex*pe"di*enta. [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. 2000.


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