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Meaning of expedient

ex•pe•di•ent

Pronunciation: (ik-spē'dē-unt), [key]
— adj.
  1. tending to promote some proposed or desired object; fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances: It is expedient that you go.
  2. conducive to advantage or interest, as opposed to right.
  3. acting in accordance with expediency.
—n.
  1. a means to an end: The ladder was a useful expedient for getting to the second floor.
  2. a means devised or employed in an exigency; resource; shift: Use any expedients you think necessary to get over the obstacles in your way.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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