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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.
Origin of expediency
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin expedientia. See expedient, -ency
Related forms
nonexpedience, noun
nonexpediency, noun
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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)

expedient

/ɪkˈspiːdɪənt/
adjective
1.
suitable to the circumstances; appropriate
2.
inclined towards methods or means that are advantageous rather than fair or just
noun
3.
something suitable or appropriate, esp something used during an urgent situation
Derived Forms
expediently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin expediēns setting free; see expedite
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