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English definition of “expedience”

expedience

noun [U] uk   /ɪkˈspiː.di.əns/ (also expediency) formal us  
the situation in which something is helpful or useful in a particular situation, but sometimes not morally acceptable: As a matter of expedience, we will not be taking on any new staff this year. I think this government operates on the basis of expediency, not of principle.
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