Definition of 'expedient'
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The economy thus becomes an expedient tool for political gains. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Only now that it has become commercially expedient are they showing any conscience. Times, Sunday Times (2013)An action is expedient when it is suitable to the end in view. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The welfare approach is a temporary expedient. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)It was no more than a temporary expedient. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)Mortgage lending was controlled by the simple expedient of rationing. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He got his way by the simple expedient of voting twice. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Under the scheme the council will be able to do so by the simple expedient of branding them inefficient. Times, Sunday Times (2007)By the simple expedient of not being very important, it brings out the best in a manager. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Anglicanism was a political expedient rather than a doctrinal necessity, which explains why its theological content has always been light. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Cyclists need to take responsibility for their own actions, through the simple expedient of staying away from a manoeuvring large vehicle. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But, they insist, it is merely a temporary expedient. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But the gesture, largely a political expedient, was not all it seemed. A Rock and a Hard Place (1994)By the simple expedient of removing dummy's ace of clubs, declarer avoided any such quandary. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Without it, the eurozone economies will stumble from one temporary expedient to another, amid much human misery. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The proposal is not aimed at improving the quality of the service provided to victims of crime and witnesses... but rather an expedient to save money. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Secondly, the centrality of nuclear deterrence to the current system of armed peace is dangerous and a short-term expedient only. NATO's Changing Strategic Agenda (1990)He added: 'I think if one is being sensitive to the feelings of others then it may not be expedient. Times, Sunday Times (2014)That might be a short-term expedient to buy him time but it would not be in the long-term interests of the business. Times, Sunday Times (2006)In time said ADD becomes less expedient, more pathological. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'expedient'
British English: expedient NOUN
An expedient is an action that achieves a particular purpose, but may not be morally right.
The curfew regulation is a temporary expedient made necessary by a sudden emergency.
British English: expedient ADJECTIVE
If it is expedient to do something, it is useful or convenient to do it, even though it may not be morally right.
Governments frequently ignore human rights abuses in other countries if it is politically expedient to do so.
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