February 09, 2018
expedient (adjective)
\ik-SPEE-dee-unt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: suitable for bringing about a desired result often without regard to what is fair or right
How do you use it?
We decided that most expedient solution to the problem was to revise the schedule.
Are you a word wiz?

Only one of these statements about the word "expedient" is true. Which one do you think it is?

If you picked answer D, you're right! "Expedient," "politic," and "advisable" mean dictated by practical or sensible motives. "Expedient" usually implies what is immediately advantageous, without concern for ethics or consistent principles, while "politic" stresses wisdom especially in dealing with others or in carrying out a policy. "Advisable" suggests what is reasonable or proper under the circumstances. "Expedient" has been part of English since the fourteenth century, and traces back to the Latin word "pes," meaning foot.
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