Having the quality of expedience means that something is efficient and gets results — but it's not necessarily ethical.

If a business owner prioritizes expedience, that means she neglects things like safe working conditions and quality products in order to produce goods quickly and make a fast profit. In politics, expedience can mean making false promises or using short-term solutions to deeper problems, with the aim of getting elected (or reelected). "Filling those potholes right before election day looks to me like political expedience on the Mayor's part."

Definitions of expedience

n the quality of being suited to the end in view

inexpedience, inexpediency
the quality of being unsuited to the end in view
Type of:
advantage, vantage
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

n taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others

opportunism, self-interest, self-seeking
Type of:
stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others

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