From Middle English expedient, from Old French expedient, from Latin expediens (stem expedient-), present participle of expedire (“to bring forward, to dispatch, to expedite; impers. to be profitable, serviceable, advantageous, expedient”), from ex (“out”) + pēs (“foot, hoof”).
- Suitable to effect some desired end or the purpose intended.
- Most people, faced with a decision, will choose the most expedient option.
- a. 1863, Richard Whately, Thoughts and Apophthegms
- Nothing but the right can ever be the expedient, since that can never be true expediency which would sacrifice a greater good to a less.
- Affording short-term benefit, often at the expense of the long-term.
- 1849, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter III, in The History of England from the Accession of James II, volume I, London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323, page 389:
- [T]he judges were unanimously of opinion that [...] by the common law of England, no man, not authorised by the crown, had a right to publish political news. While the Whig party was still formidable, the government thought it expedient occasionally to connive at the violation of this rule.
- 2009, CQ Weekly, volume 67, number 31-36, page 2190:
- That's because the debate pits textbook economics — which argues that bailouts beget bad behavior begets more bailouts — against practical politics. And politics, or the taking of expedient steps to keep people happy, will almost always win.
- 2013, Douglas B. Klusmeyer, Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Immigration Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany:
- Its policies toward foreign lab or across these eras reflect these sharp differences in context, but also reflect a common pattern to treat the recruitment and deployment of foreign nationals as an expedient measure to serve immediate economic objectives
- Governed by self-interest, often short-term self-interest.
- 1861, John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism:
- But the Expedient, in the sense in which it is opposed to the Right, generally means that which is expedient for the particular interest of the agent himself; as when a minister sacrifices the interests of his country to keep himself in place.
- (obsolete) Expeditious, quick, rapid.
expedient (plural expedients)
- A method or means for achieving a particular result, especially when direct or efficient; a resource.
- 1906, O. Henry, The Green Door:
- He would never let her know that he was aware of the strange expedient to which she had been driven by her great distress.
- 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, page 709:
- Depressingly, [...] the expedient of importing African slaves was in part meant to protect the native American population from exploitation.
- 1906, O. Henry, The Green Door:
- expedient in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- expedient in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- expedient at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “expedient”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
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