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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 expediency rarely yields decisions that are clearly in the public interest.
  • Sadly, they're all the victims of the political expediency that comes with demonizing the group for the crimes of a few.
  • Then it was sacrificed on the altar of political expediency.
  • Such immensity swats away any modern obsession with expediency.
  • One of these relates to the rightfulness or expediency of anticipating profits.
  • Even on grounds of expediency the actions are questionable.
  • There is abundant reason to doubt the expediency of making a daily mail run over a route for.
  • But the cost of vanity and political expediency is high.
  • It has long embodied power, political expediency and ideals of progress.
  • Worse than sloppiness was the cynicism and political expediency that infected the government's decision-making.
British Dictionary definitions for expediency

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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