Definition of expedient adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    expedient

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ɪkˈspidiənt//
     
    (formal)[not usually before noun]
     
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  1. (of an action) useful or necessary for a particular purpose, but not always fair or right The government has clearly decided that a cut in interest rates would be politically expedient. opposite inexpedient
  2. NAmE//ɪkˈspidiənsi//
     
    noun [uncountable] He acted out of expediency, not principle.
  3. expediently
     
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    adverb
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