1. 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 right or principled.
It is expedient for you that I go away. --John xvi. 7.
Nothing but the right can ever be expedient, since that can never be true expediency which would sacrifice a greater good to a less. --Whately.
2. Quick; expeditious. [Obs.]
His marches are expedient to this town. --Shak.
1. That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end.
What sure expedient than shall Juno find,
To calm her fears and ease her boding mind? --Philips.
2. Means devised in an exigency; shift.
Syn: -- Shift; contrivance; resource; substitute.
adj 1: serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when
mercy was expedient" [ant: inexpedient]
2: appropriate to a purpose; practical; "in the circumstances
it was expedient to express loyalty"
n : a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical