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Ex*pe"di*ent (?) a. [L. expediens, -entis, p. pr. of expedire to be expedient, release, extricate: cf. F. exp'edient. See Expedite.]


Hastening or forward; hence, tending to further or promote a proposed object; fit or proper under the circumstances; conducive to self-interest; desirable; advisable; advantageous; -- sometimes contradistinguished from right.

It is expedient for you that I go away. John xvi. 7.

Nothing but the right can ever be expedient, since that can never be true expediency which would sacrifice a greater good to a less. Whately.


Quick; expeditious.


His marches are expedient to this town. Shak.


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Ex*pe"di*ent, n.


That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end.

What sure expedient than shall Juno find, To calm her fears and ease her boding mind? Philips.


Means devised in an exigency; shift.

Syn. -- Shift; contrivance; resource; substitute.


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