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expedient

adjective uk   /ɪkˈspiː.di.ənt/ formal us  
helpful or useful in a particular situation, but sometimes not morally acceptable: It might be expedient not to pay him until the work is finished. The management has taken a series of expedient measures to improve the company's financial situation.
expediently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  

expedient

noun [C] uk   /ɪkˈspiː.di.ənt/ formal us  
an action that is expedient: a political expedient
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