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.
n : the quality of being suited to the end in view [syn: expedience]
[ant: inexpedience, inexpedience]