tending to promote some proposed or desired object; fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances: It is expedient that you go.
conducive to advantage or interest, as opposed to right.
acting in accordance with expediency.
a means to an end: The ladder was a useful expedient for getting to the second floor.
a means devised or employed in an exigency; resource; shift: Use any expedients you think necessary to get over the obstacles in your way.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin expedient- (stem of expediēns), present participle of expedīre. See expedite, -ent

expediently, adverb
nonexpedient, adjective
nonexpediently, adverb
quasi-expedient, adjective
quasi-expediently, adverb
unexpedient, adjective
unexpediently, adverb

1. advisable, appropriate, desirable; advantageous, profitable. 5. device, contrivance, resort.

1. disadvantageous.
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expedient (ɪkˈspiːdɪənt)
1.  suitable to the circumstances; appropriate
2.  inclined towards methods or means that are advantageous rather than fair or just
3.  something suitable or appropriate, esp something used during an urgent situation
[C14: from Latin expediēns setting free; see expedite]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "advantageous, fit, proper" (adj.), from L. expedientem (nom. expediens) "beneficial," prp. of expedire "make fit or ready, prepare" (see expedite). The noun meaning "a device adopted in an exigency, a resource" is from 1650s. Related: Expediential; expedientially; expediently.
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Example sentences
Resolves personnel disputes to ensure problems are handled tactfully and expediently.
Resolves difficult personnel disputes tactfully and expediently when problems cannot be handled by lower level supervisors.
The notification must be made as expediently as possible and without unreasonable delay.
Resolves difficult personnel disputes tactfully and expediently when problems cannot be handled by lower level staff.
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