Babylon 10
The world's best online dictionary

Download it's free

Definition of Expedience

Babylon English

Expedience Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Alt. of Expediency
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
hEnglish - advanced version

\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. divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice. ogan. to determine concerning the expedience of action. rp. 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.
2. expedition; haste; dispatch. [obs.] making hither with all due expedience.
3. an expedition; enterprise; adventure. [obs.] forwarding this dear expedience.

Shakespeare Words
expedition, undertaking.
WordNet 2.0

1. the quality of being suited to the end in view
(synonym) expediency
(antonym) inexpedience, inexpediency
(hypernym) advantage, vantage
2. taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
(synonym) opportunism, self-interest, self-seeking
(hypernym) selfishness