Expedient

Definition of Expedient

Ex`pe´di`ent
a.1.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 or principled.
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.
2.Quick; expeditious.
His marches are expedient to this town.
- Shak.
n.1.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.
2.Means devised in an exigency; shift.

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