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


  • IPA(key): /ɛk.spiː.dɪ.əns/
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expedience (countable and uncountable, plural expediences)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being fit or suitable to cause some desired end or the purpose intended; propriety or advisability under the particular circumstances of a case.
    • April 11 1690, John Sharp, sermon preached at White-Hall
      to determine concerning the expedience of actions
  2. Speed, haste or urgency.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance), William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
      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.


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