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EXPEDIENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does expedient mean? 

EXPEDIENT (noun)
  The noun EXPEDIENT has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: EXPEDIENT used as a noun is very rare.


EXPEDIENT (adjective)
  The adjective EXPEDIENT has 2 senses:

1. serving to promote your interest
2. appropriate to a purpose; practical

  Familiarity information: EXPEDIENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXPEDIENT (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("expedient" is a kind of...):

agency; means; way (how a result is obtained or an end is achieved)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "expedient"):

make-do; makeshift; stopgap (something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency)

crutch (anything that serves as an expedient)

improvisation; temporary expedient (an unplanned expedient)

last resort; pis aller (French for 'worst going')


EXPEDIENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Serving to promote your interest

Context example:

was merciful only when mercy was expedient

Similar:

advantageous; appropriate (appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness)

opportunist; opportunistic; timeserving (taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit)

Also:

advantageous (giving an advantage)

convenient (suited to your comfort or purpose or needs)

politic (marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness)

useful; utile (being of use or service)

Antonym:

inexpedient (not suitable or advisable)


Sense 2expedient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appropriate to a purpose; practical

Context example:

in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty

Similar:

politic (marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness)


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