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expediency

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Expedience \Ex*pe"di*ence\, Expediency \Ex*pe"di*en*cy\,, noun

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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

expediency

noun

1: the quality of being suited to the end in view [syn: {expedience}, {expediency}] [ant: {inexpedience}, {inexpediency}]


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