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It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
  a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances


convenient, speedy, or practical
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expedient expediency expedients expedience expediently inexpedient expediencies inexpedience
Strongly Associated with:   expedite, expeditious
Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...
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  • It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
  • Until the new computer system is in place, e-mailing sensitive data will be a necessary expedient.
  • It is only by following your deepest instinct that you can lead a rich life, and if you let your fear of consequence prevent you from following your deepest instinct, then your life will be safe, expedient and thin.
    Katharine Butler Hathaway
  • But the sad thing was that he [Richard Nixon] knew they [wage & price controls] were a bad idea all along. It was pure political expediency:
    Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence

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  • There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.
    Thomas A. Edison
  • It is a measure of the framers’ fear that a passing majority might find it expedient to compromise 4th Amendment values that these values were embodied in the Constitution itself.
    Sandra Day O’Conner (Supreme Court Justice)
  • Under the circumstances, it was expedient to express loyalty.
  • He declared them to be, like all other morals, merely an expedient for protecting a certain type of man.
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • He was merciful only when mercy was expedient.
  • With more time, diplomacy might have worked, but war was a necessary expedient for preserving power.

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  • [King] Henry had once been a sincere Catholic and had even authored a book strongly criticizing Luther, but he later found it expedient and profitable to break with the Papacy.
    Protestant Reformation - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • His comment is politically expedient.
  • The building needed a new foundation, but filling the soil with water was expedient.
  • Some expected an expedient exit from Iraq, but the insurgency dragged on for years.
  • He was asked by Colonel Lloyd and my old master, why he resorted to this extraordinary expedient.
    Douglass, Frederick  --  Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave
  • Under the Protestant Henry IV, king of France, the Huguenots triumphed for a short time, but as Paris and more than nine-tenths of the French people remained Roman Catholic, the king deemed it expedient to become a convert to Roman Catholicism.
    Reformation - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
  • The Constitution requires that the president "from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."
    Gene Healy  --  Speech from the Throne  -- 06/28/06)
  • it is expedient that one man should die for the benefit of many
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • I shall no longer ask myself if this or that is expedient, but only if it is right.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • It was now packed inside the beaded bag, which, Harry was impressed to learn, Hermione had protected from the Snatchers by the simple expedient of stuffing it down her sock.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I thought it would be more . . . expedient if Jeanine Matthews didn’t survive much longer.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Everything was possible, he told his energetic flock, but everything was not expedient.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • I fear it was wrong, though expedient.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I stared at the murder in his expression and tried to hope that rage would win out over expediency,
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Or perhaps that you have some expedient for raising the money soon?
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • In the Icefall, though, expediency dictated that each of us climb independently, without being physically connected to one another in any way.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He needed a little time to convince her about such a strange expedient,
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • his actions were generally dictated by chance expediencies rather than based on any formal plan.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • for the sake of expediency, and due to any diary’s repetitious nature, the editor chose to omit various diary entries.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • it is easy to see that there are other ways of diffusing civilization more expedient than by the destruction of wealth and of human lives.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Here are six excellent expedients!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Many different expedients were proposed by the elder warriors, in succession, to all of which Magua was a silent and respectful listener.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They are temporary expedients.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And in this connection it is curious to remark that even on this earth Nature has never hit upon the wheel, or has preferred other expedients to its development.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • She was visited by no more outbursts, moving her to such futile expedients.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • ...most of the expedients which are proposed to his Majesty are either impossible, or absurd, or injurious to the King and to the kingdom.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He was an old campaigner, and used to inventing shifts and expedients:
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • I have imagination; I will devise expedients for you.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Expedience still demands decisions which will one day be judged unjust.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • This course, when others fail, may be good, but it is very bad to have neglected all other expedients for that,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • He reflected, imagined expedients, such as applying to his father or selling something.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • During the six years which had passed since Noirtier first fell into this sad state, Valentine’s powers of invention had been too often put to the test not to render her expert in devising expedients for gaining a knowledge of his wishes, and the constant practice had so perfected her in the art that she guessed the old man’s meaning as quickly as if he himself had been able to seek for what he wanted.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Do this expediently
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • At length, in a case of aberration such as this, comment presented itself as more expedient than any answer.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • She would be free forever from the shifts, the expedients, the humiliations of the relatively poor.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • In consequence of Mrs. Snagsby looking deeply edified, Mr. Snagsby thinks it expedient on the whole to say amen, which is well received.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I shall break The cause of our expedience to the queen, And get her leave to part.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • And their interpreters ... began to propose infinite other expedients...
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • and had finally proposed these two branches of economy, to cut off some unnecessary charities, and to refrain from new furnishing the drawing-room; to which expedients she afterwards added the happy thought of their taking no present down to Anne, as had been the usual yearly custom.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • call wandering but a bit unsteady and on his expressed desire for some beverage to drink Mr Bloom, in view of the hour it was and there being no pump of Vartry water available for their ablutions, let alone drinking purposes hit upon an expedient by suggesting, off the reel, the propriety of the cabman s shelter, as it was called, hardly a stonesthrow away near butt bridge where they might hit upon some drinkables in the shape of a milk and soda or a mineral.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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