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From Old French expedience, from Late Latin expedientia, from Latin expediens.


  • IPA(key): /ɛk.spiː.dɪ.əns/


expedience (countable and uncountable, plural expediences)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being fit or suitable to effect some desired end or the purpose intended; propriety or advisability under the particular circumstances of a case.
    • Sharp
      to determine concerning the expedience of action
  2. Speed, haste or urgency.
    • Shakespeare
      making hither with all due expedience
    • 2008, Thomas Dyja, Walter White: The Dilemma of Black Identity in America (page 178)
      The sense of expedience that allowed White to cut deals and keep moving had made many, mistakenly, see him as shallow or, worse, unprincipled.
  3. Something that is expedient.
  4. (obsolete) An expedition; enterprise; adventure.
    • Shakespeare
      forwarding this dear expedience


Related terms[edit]



  • OED2
  • expediency in An American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster, 1828.
  • expedience in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • expedience at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • expedience” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.