- (uncountable) The quality of being fit or suitable to effect some desired end or the purpose intended; suitability for particular circumstance or situation.
- Divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice.
- Much declamation may be heard in the present day against expediency, as if it were not the proper object of a deliberative assembly, and as if it were only pursued by the unprincipled.
- (uncountable) Pursuit of the course of action that brings the desired effect even if it is unjust or unprincipled.
- (obsolete) Haste; dispatch.
- (countable) An expedient.
quality of being fit or suitable to effect some desired end
- “expediency” in Noah Webster, An American Dictionary of the English Language, volume I (A–I), 1st edition, New York, N.Y.: Published by S. Converse; printed by Hezekiah Howe, New Haven, 1828, OCLC 999480247.
- expediency in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- “expediency” at OneLook Dictionary Search