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 for expedience
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Expedience \Ex*pe"di*ence\, Expediency \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
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              Divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice.
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              To determine concerning the expedience of action.
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              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.
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     2. Expedition; haste; dispatch. [Obs.]
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              Making hither with all due expedience. --Shak.
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     3. An expedition; enterprise; adventure. [Obs.]
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              Forwarding this dear expedience.      --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  55 Moby Thesaurus words for "expedience":
     advantageousness, agreeableness, appropriateness, auspiciousness,
     beneficialness, benevolence, benignity, chargedness, class,
     cogency, convenience, criticality, crucialness, desert, excellence,
     fairness, favorableness, felicitousness, fineness, first-rateness,
     fitness, fittingness, goodliness, goodness, grace, healthiness,
     helpfulness, kindness, loadedness, meetness, merit, niceness,
     opportuneness, pleasantness, pregnancy, profitableness,
     propitiousness, propriety, quality, rewardingness, rightness,
     ripeness, seasonableness, skillfulness, soundness, suitability,
     superiority, timeliness, usefulness, validity, value, virtue,
     virtuousness, wholeness, worth

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