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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
Divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice.
To determine concerning the expedience of action.
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) :
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,
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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