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expediency

[ik-spee-dee-uh n-see] /ɪkˈspi di ən si/
noun, plural expediencies.
1.
the quality of being expedient; advantageousness; advisability.
2.
a regard for what is politic or advantageous rather than for what is right or just; a sense of self-interest.
3.
something expedient.
Also, expedience.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin expedientia. See expedient, -ency
Related forms
nonexpedience, noun
nonexpediency, noun
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  • Political expedience overtakes all reason and a lot of good research.
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expediency

/ɪkˈspiːdɪənsɪ/
noun (pl) -encies, -ences
1.
appropriateness; suitability
2.
the use of or inclination towards methods that are advantageous rather than fair or just
3.
another word for expedient (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for expedience
n.

mid-15c., "advantage, benefit," from Old French expedience, from Late Latin expedientia, from expedientem (see expedient). Related: Expediency (1610s).

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