expediency

noun
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

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His actions appear to be based more on political expediency than ideology, which leads me to question his moral character. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: Stapleton will keep its tainted name, here’s how we can live with that decision," 27 Aug. 2019 The judge will walk both parties through the strengths and weaknesses of their cases, provide advice and, in the event there is a trial, help to narrow the focus for the purposes of expediency. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "No, Jacob Hoggard’s Trial Will Not Begin September 27," 23 Aug. 2019 The unthinkable likely became Israeli policy here for reasons of political expediency. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Banning Omar and Tlaib May Help Trump, but It Hurts Israel," 16 Aug. 2019 True to Washington’s fears, Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law. Justin Amash, Twin Cities, "Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving my party," 10 July 2019 Leaders of the movement for Pakistan also appreciated the expediency of a British presence in the state. Raghvendra Singh, Quartz India, "What Britain gained by partitioning the subcontinent into India and Pakistan," 9 Aug. 2019 True to Washington’s fears, Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law. Justin Amash, Twin Cities, "Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving my party," 10 July 2019 True to Washington’s fears, Americans have allowed government officials, under assertions of expediency and party unity, to ignore the most basic tenets of our constitutional order: separation of powers, federalism and the rule of law. Justin Amash, The Denver Post, "Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP," 5 July 2019 People should thank them for their unanimous vote in defense of SCC’s sanctuary policy, for exercising that leadership, and for resisting the seductive political expediency of pandering to fear and hate. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Santa Clara County supervisors hailed for defending sanctuary policy," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of expediency

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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