expedient

The adjective expedient describes something that provides an easy way to achieve a goal or result, but it's not necessarily a moral solution.

Politically expedient means something you do to advance yourself politically. Use expedient when you want to hint that a particular solution or strategy has certain benefits and advantages but is not completely fair. However, expedient can also be used as a noun to describe something practical for a particular purpose.

Definitions of expedient
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adj appropriate to a purpose; practical

“in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty”
Synonyms:
politic
marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness

adj serving to promote your interest

“was merciful only when mercy was expedient
Synonyms:
advantageous
giving an advantage
convenient
suited to your comfort or purpose or needs
advantageous
appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness
opportunist, opportunistic, timeserving
taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit
carpetbag, carpetbagging
presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality
politic
marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness
useful, utile
being of use or service
Antonyms:
inexpedient
not suitable or advisable
disadvantageous
constituting a disadvantage
inadvisable
not advisable
impolitic
not politic
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n a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

Types:
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make-do, makeshift, stopgap
something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
crutch
anything that serves as an expedient
improvisation, temporary expedient
an unplanned expedient
last resort, pis aller
an expedient adopted only in desperation
Type of:
agency, means, way
how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

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