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expedient

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suitable for bringing about a desired result under the circumstances

  • made the expedient decision to sell the land to whomever offered the most money
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expedient, politic, advisable mean dictated by practical or prudent motives. expedient usually implies what is immediately advantageous without regard for ethics or consistent principles.
    • a politically expedient decision
politic stresses judiciousness and tactical value but usually implies some lack of candor or sincerity.
    • a politic show of interest
advisable applies to what is practical, prudent, or advantageous but lacks the derogatory implication of expedient and politic.
    • sometimes it's advisable to say nothing

expedient

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1 a temporary replacement

  • if youʼre a spectator caught without rainwear at a sporting event, then a plastic garbage bag makes an acceptable, if unfashionable, expedient
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2 an action planned or taken to achieve a desired result

  • he vowed to use any expedient available to get the project done on time
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3 something that one uses to accomplish an end especially when the usual means is not available

  • since there wasnʼt a single bandage left in our backpacks, we had to use a bandanna, our only expedient
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resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon.
    • exhausted all of their resources
    • a last resort
expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible.
    • a flimsy expedient
shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient.
    • desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure
makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference.
    • old equipment employed as a makeshift
stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure.
    • a new law intended only as a stopgap


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