ex·​pe·​di·​en·​cy | \ ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce expediency (audio) \
plural expediencies

Definition of expediency

1 : the quality or state of being suited to the end in view : suitability, fitness
2 obsolete
b : an enterprise requiring haste or caution
3 : adherence to expedient means and methods put more emphasis on expediency than on principle— W. H. Jones
4 : a means of achieving a particular end : expedient

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Other Words from expediency

expediential \ ik-​ˌspē-​dē-​ˈen-​chəl How to pronounce expediential (audio) \ adjective

Examples of expediency in a Sentence

the expediency of such a plan is questionable
Recent Examples on the Web The decision to leave slavery unaddressed was based on the same political expediency. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Jonathan Turley slams Vanderbilt quiz that tells students Constitution was 'designed to perpetuate white supremacy'," 8 Sep. 2020 But critics of the company claim that expediency is a self-serving rationale that ignores wider harms to the internet as a whole. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search," 31 Aug. 2020 Confidence in Canada's financial recovery could now be at risk and some business leaders are warning Freeland to avoid political expediency and instead come up with a solid financial recovery plan. Paula Newton, CNN, "Canada's Trudeau tries to reset amid economic unease and a growing ethics scandal," 18 Aug. 2020 As Major League Baseball reportedly seeks an additional lab to help ensure COVID-19 test results are returned to teams with expediency, the Rangers may have their own set of issues. Dallas News, "Another negative COVID-19 result for Rangers OF Joey Gallo raises questions about test accuracy," 7 July 2020 In any political partnership with the rich, even one undertaken out of expediency, it’s the rich who are likely to get their way in the end. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Democrats Can’t Quit Their Addiction to Big-Money Donors," 30 June 2020 For the sake of dramatic expediency, the series compresses Catherine’s sprawling, ruthless ambitions into a compact, jewel-box time frame. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“The Great,” Reviewed: A Proudly Fictional, Pleasurably Vulgar Spin on Catherine the Great," 18 June 2020 Though North Dakota State, which opens the season at Oregon on Sept. 5, hasn’t announced a specific return date for its athletes, its athletic director has stated a preference for expediency. oregonlive, "Pac-12 to allow athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts starting June 15," 27 May 2020 At the other end is the armed Palestinian group Hamas, a partner of expediency that will align with Iran only so long as that serves its financial and political interests. Marc Champion, Bloomberg.com, "How Iran Pursues Its Interests Via Proxies and Partners," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of expediency

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Expediency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expediency. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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