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expedient

ex·pe·di·ent

expedient

 
 
pronunciation:
ihk spi di ihnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: suitable or advantageous for the purpose or in the circumstances.
Using staples wasn't the proper way to fix the hem, but it was expedient.
synonyms:
advantageous, appropriate, convenient, fitting, suitable
antonyms:
inexpedient
similar words:
handy, helpful, practical, useful
definition 2: advantageous to oneself and often morally questionable.
Saunders was a rival, and it was expedient to remove him.
similar words:
advantageous, self-serving, selfish, useful
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: that which serves the purpose; means to an end.
synonyms:
means, measures, vehicle
similar words:
method, stratagem, tactic, way
definition 2: a means used in an emergency, and not necessarily the best one that could be used; contrivance.
synonyms:
improvisation, makeshift, stopgap
similar words:
contrivance
derivation: expediently (adv.)