ex·​pe·​di·​en·​cy ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce expediency (audio)
plural expediencies
: the quality or state of being suited to the end in view : suitability, fitness
: an enterprise requiring haste or caution
: adherence to expedient means and methods
put more emphasis on expediency than on principleW. H. Jones
: a means of achieving a particular end : expedient
expediential adjective

Examples of expediency in a Sentence

the expediency of such a plan is questionable
Recent Examples on the Web At this point, Dusty Rose Reserve is at the mercy of city officials’ paperwork expediency. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 2 May 2024 South African citizens have consistently attacked the ANC government for choosing expediency over supporting human rights. Steven Friedman, Foreign Affairs, 8 Feb. 2024 The defendants' lack of expediency was a breach of the standard of care. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2024 Critics accused him of pursuing narrow self-interest and political expediency. Susan Haigh, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 Courtesy of Nowon These chefs are building on the distinctly American culinary tradition of burger patties smashed flat for expediency and flavor. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 6 Mar. 2024 Voters are pretty cynical themselves and aren’t shocked when politicians veer to the low road for expediency. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 To manipulate the size of the court for the political expediency of any one side not only erodes the court’s independence but threatens the stability of and trust in our democracy. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 5 Mar. 2024 But your husband and mother-in-law are both choosing expediency all the way to misery. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of expediency was in 1597

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“Expediency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expediency. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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ex·​pe·​di·​en·​cy ik-ˈspēd-ē-ən-sē How to pronounce expediency (audio)
plural expediencies
: the use of expedient means and methods

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