Meaning of “expedient” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /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.
expediency uk us /ɪkˈspiːdiənsi/ noun [ U ]

the quality of being expedient:

an issue of political expediency

(Definition of “expedient adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)