expedient expedient  /ɪk ˈspi di ənt/


  1. (n) a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
  2. (adj) serving to promote your interest
  3. (adj) appropriate to a purpose; practical

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  1. It was expedient for the politician to rein in his supporters but he was biding time for the crisis to blow over.
  2. It may not be in the spirit of free trade to levy taxes on exports whenever it is expedient for the State.
  3. However expedient, military tribunals in the end come back to bite the authorities that order the trials of the so-called non-state actors.


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    Said good_grief For once, the city isn't pouring money into an expedient quick fix that will be scrapped after spending millions
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Staten Island Advance


  1. "I thought it was important to give him the benefit of the doubt because if I had wanted to be politically expedient I would have distanced myself and denounced him right away," Obama said.
    on May 1, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Reuters

  2. "Maybe we've built this person up to a degree that we forget Barack Obama is a politician who sometimes does expedient things," Solmonese said. "We have a responsibility to express our anger and disappointment and then figure out a way to...
    on Dec 23, 2008 By: Joe Solmonese Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. A statement issued by the McCain campaign said Obama "has revealed himself to be just another typical politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama." "Barack Obama is now the first presidential candidate since...
    on Jun 19, 2008 By: John McCain Source: FOXNews

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