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English definition of “expedient”

expedient

adjective
 
 
/ɪkˈspiːdiənt/ formal
An expedient action achieves a useful purpose, although it may not be moral: It might be expedient not to pay him until the work is finished.Useful or advantageous
expediency
 
 
/ɪkˈspiːdiənsi/ noun [U]
the quality of being expedient: an issue of political expediencyUseful or advantageous
(Definition of expedient adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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