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expedientadjective [not gradable]

us   /ɪkˈspid·i·ənt/
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] us   /ɪkˈspid·i·ən·si/ also expedience, /ɪkˈspid·i·əns/
political expediency
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expedientadjective

uk   /ɪkˈspiːdiənt/ us   formal
helpful or useful in the situation that now exists, although perhaps not the right thing to do morally or for the future: it is expedient to do sth It might be expedient not to pay him until some time after the work is finished. It would not be politically expedient to propose new fees. The management has taken a series of expedient measures to improve the company's financial situation.
expediently
adverb /ɪkˈspiːdiəntli/
We need to find the means to take decisions both expediently and with due public consultation.

expedientnoun [C]

uk   /ɪkˈspiːdiənt/ us   formal
an action that is expedient: The company can save money by the simple expedient of cutting investment and hiring.
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