expedient

Definitions:

  • Suitable or efficient for accomplishing a purpose.
  • Convenient but based on a concern for self-interest rather than principle.
  • Speedy; expeditious.
  • Something that is a means to an end, especially when based on self-interest.
  • Something contrived or used to meet an urgent need.
  • Serving to promote or urge forward; quick; expeditious.
  • Direct; without deviation or unnecessary delay.
  • Tending to promote some proposed or desired object; fit or suitable for the purpose; proper under the circumstances; advisable.
  • Conducive or tending to present advantage or self-interest.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> and Advisable, desirable, advantageous, profitable, useful, best, wise.
  • That which serves to promote or advance a desired result; any means which may be employed to accomplish an end.
  • Means devised or employed in an exigency; a shift; a device.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> <em>Expedient, Resource, Resort, Contrivance, Device, Shift. Expedient, contrivance</em>, and <em>device</em> indicate artificial means of escape from difficulty or embarrassment; <em>resource</em> indicates natural means or something possessed; <em>resort</em> and <em>shift</em> may indicate either. A <em>shift</em> is a temporary, poor, or desperate <em>expedient.</em> When one's <em>resources</em> begin to fail, one has recourse to <em>contrivances, expedients</em>, etc., and finally to almost any <em>shift. Resort</em> is less often applied to the thing resorted to than to the act of resorting. <em>Contrivance</em> and <em>device</em> suggest most of ingenuity.
  • Hastening or forward; hence, tending to further or promote a proposed object; fit or proper under the circumstances; conducive to self-interest; desirable; advisable; advantageous; -- sometimes contradistinguished from <contr>right</contr> or <contr>principled</contr>.
  • Quick; expeditious.
  • That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end.
  • Means devised in an exigency; shift.
  • <xref>Simple</xref>, <xref>easy</xref>, or <xref>quick</xref>; <xref>convenient</xref>.
  • Governed by self-interest, often short-term self-interest.
  • A method or means for achieving a particular <xref>result</xref>, especially when <xref>direct</xref> or <xref>efficient</xref>; a <xref>resource</xref>.
  • appropriate to a purpose; practical
  • a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
  • serving to promote your interest
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