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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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Synonyms of expedient (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a temporary replacement
  • if you're 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 wasn't a single bandage left in our backpacks, we had to use a bandanna, our only expedient

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How is the word expedient distinct from other similar adjectives?

The words advisable and politic are common synonyms of expedient. While all three words 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

How is advisable related to other words for expedient?

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

When could politic be used to replace expedient?

While in some cases nearly identical to expedient, politic stresses judiciousness and tactical value but usually implies some lack of candor or sincerity.

a politic show of interest

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The first known use of expedient was in the 14th century

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“Expedient.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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