expediency

noun ex·pe·di·en·cy \ ik-ˈspē-dē-ən(t)-sē \
Updated on: 22 May 2018
plural expediencies
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

expediential

play \ik-ˌspē-dē-ˈen-chəl\ adjective

Examples of expediency in a Sentence

  1. the expediency of such a plan is questionable

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1597

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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