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expediency

or expedience

[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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  • And the music-master, enchanted by its quality, impressed upon his pupil the expediency of silence.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Only experience produces judgments of the expediency of some usages.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • It is not a natural right, but a means of government, and therefore a matter of expediency.

  • The morality which it teaches is not a morality of expediency and rewards.

  • Brick saw the need of expediency, if Wright did not realize it, and he pulled the raving man out of the place.

  • There is no expediency in this government, as p. 97men understand it.

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)
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