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Expedience   /ɪkspˈidiəns/   Listen

The quality of being suited to the end in view.  Synonym: expediency.
Taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others.  Synonyms: opportunism, self-interest, self-seeking.

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"Expedience" Quotes from Famous Books

... senate by the casting vote of Vice-President Adams; "not," as Washington remarked in a letter to Tobias Lear on the sixth of May, "as it is said and generally believed, from a disinclination to the ulterior expedience of the measure, but from a desire to try the effect of negotiation previous thereto." Mr. Monroe, acting under instructions from the Virginia legislature, proposed in the senate to suspend by law the article of the treaty of peace which secured to British creditors the right of recovering ...
— Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3. • Benson J. Lossing

... revenge and expedience. If the rocket's fuel blew up instead of burning as intended, it would annihilate the camp. It would wipe out every living creature present. But there would be fragments left by the explosion. There would be corpses. There would be ...
— Operation Terror • William Fitzgerald Jenkins

... own meaning to himself more distinctly. With respect to that truth, wheresoever it lies, Kant's doctrine applies—that all men have a right to it; that perhaps you have no right to suppose of any race or nation that it is not prepared to receive it; and, at any rate, that no circumstances of expedience can justify you in keeping ...
— Theological Essays and Other Papers v1 • Thomas de Quincey

Words linked to "Expedience" :   inexpediency, expedient, advantage, vantage, inexpedience, selfishness

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