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Synonyms for expedient
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. expedient(adj)

    a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

    impolitic, inadvisable, inexpedient

  2. expedient(adj)

    serving to promote your interest

    "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"

    inadvisable, impolitic, inexpedient

  3. expedient(adj)

    appropriate to a purpose; practical

    "in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty"

    inexpedient, impolitic, inadvisable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. expedient(a.)

    fit, proper, suitable, advisable, desirable

  2. expedient(a.)

    advantageous, profitable, useful, for one's advantage, for one's interest

  3. expedient(n.)

    shift, resource, resort, contrivance, means

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "expedient":

    timely, appropriate, desirable, expeditious, convenient, expediency, opportune

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How to use expedient in a sentence?

  1. Bob Clifford:

    Half of the fund for relief is a problem, even giving Boeing its due, it missed its mark because they added a new layer of confusion to expedient and efficient relief to these families.

  2. Ben Carson:

    I've got to tell you something. I'm not politically correct, and I'm probably never going to be politically correct because I'm not a politician, politicians do what is politically expedient, and I want to do what's right.

  3. John Calvin:

    For Scripture is the school of the Holy Spirit, in which, as nothing is omitted that is both necessary and useful to know, so nothing is taught but what is expedient to know. Therefore we must guard against depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, lest we seem either wickedly to defraud them of the blessing of their God or to accuse and scoff at the Holy Spirit for having published what it is in any way profitable to suppress.

  4. Ben Carson:

    Politicians do what is politically expedient, and I want to do what's right.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Socialism is the phantastic younger brother of despotism, which it wants to inherit. Socialism wants to have the fullness of state force which before only existed in despotism. ... However, it goes further than anything in the past because it aims at the formal destruction of the individual ... who ... can be used to improve communities by an expedient organ of government.

Translations for expedient

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  • وسيلةArabic
  • средство, целесъобразен, начин, удобен, способBulgarian
  • formålstjenligtDanish
  • Hilfsmittel, Notlösung, nützlich, Ausflucht, ratsam, Mittel, zweckmäßig, Nothilfe, AuswegGerman
  • célszerűHungarian
  • espediente, opportuno, escamotageItalian
  • 편리한Korean
  • целисходен, целесообразен, целисходно средствоMacedonian
  • uitweg, snel, uitgekookt, slimmigheid, eenvoudig, redmiddelDutch
  • bekvemmelighetNorwegian
  • expeditivi, expeditive, expeditiv, expeditivăRomanian
  • простой, приём, уловка, удобныйRussian
  • ändamålsenligSwedish
  • uygun, yerinde, çözüm, yardımcı, münasipTurkish
  • متوقعUrdu
  • 权宜Chinese

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