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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ex·pe·di·ence /ɪkˈspidiən(t)s/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·pe·di·ence Ex·pe·di·en·cy, n.
 1. The quality of being expedient or advantageous; fitness or suitableness to effect a purpose intended; adaptedness to self-interest; desirableness; advantage; advisability; -- sometimes contradistinguished from moral rectitude or principle.
    Divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice.   --Cogan.
    To determine concerning the expedience of action.   --Sharp.
    Much declamation may be heard in the present day against expediency, as if it were not the proper object of a deliberative assembly, and as if it were only pursued by the unprincipled.   --Whately.
 2. Expedition; haste; dispatch. [Obs.]
    Making hither with all due expedience.   --Shak.
 3. An expedition; enterprise; adventure. [Obs.]
    Forwarding this dear expedience.   --Shak.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the quality of being suited to the end in view [syn: expediency]
           [ant: inexpedience, inexpedience]
      2: taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the
         consequences for others [syn: opportunism, self-interest,