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a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances


convenient, speedy, or practical
  • At length, in a case of aberration such as this, comment presented itself as more expedient than any answer.
    3.3 -- Book 3 Chapter 3 -- The Family Council (67% in)
expedient = speedy or practical; or an action that is speedy or practical
  • He could not refuse to see that the costs of this protracted suit would take more than he possessed to pay them; but he appeared to himself to be full of expedients by which he could ward off any results but such as were tolerable, and could avoid the appearance of breaking down in the world.
    3.1 -- Book 3 Chapter 1 -- What Had Happened at Home (4% in)
  • The miller himself, unaware of the lapse of time, fancied himself still in that first stage of his misfortunes when expedients might be thought of; and often in his conscious hours talked in a feeble, disjointed manner of plans he would carry out when he "got well."
    3.7 -- Book 3 Chapter 7 -- How a Hen Takes to Stratagem (7% in)
  • We are not apt to fear for the fearless, when we are companions in their danger, and Bob's mind was absorbed in possible expedients for the safety of the helpless indoors.
    7.5 -- Book 7 Chapter 5 -- The Last Conflict (51% in)

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