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English definition of “expedient”

expedient

adjective [not gradable]  /ɪkˈspid·i·ənt/ us  
helpful or useful in a particular situation, and without considering any moral question that might influence your decision: We thought it expedient not to pay the builder until he finished the work.
expediency
noun [U]  /ɪkˈspid·i·ən·si/ (also expedience,  /ɪkˈspid·i·əns/) us  
political expediency
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