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expedient

  • 1 expédient — 1. (èk spé di an) adj. m. Qui expédie, facilite, profite. Il était expédient de faire cela. •   Vous seul [Dieu] savez ce qui m est expédient, vous êtes le souverain maître, faites ce que vous voudrez, PASC. Prière pour l us. des maladies. •   Ne …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 2 expedient — adj Expedient, politic, advisable are comparable when they are used to imply a choice (as of course, action, or method) and to mean dictated by practical wisdom or by motives of prudence. Something is expedient from which definite and usually… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 expedient — EXPEDIÉNT, expediente, s.n. Mijloc ingenios cu ajutorul căruia se poate face faţă unei situaţii grele; p. ext. mijloc improvizat, adesea ilicit, prin care se procură bani. [pr.: di ent] – Din fr. expédient. Trimis de claudia, 13.09.2007. Sursa:… …

    Dicționar Român

  • 4 expedient — Ⅰ. expedient UK US /ɪkˈspiːdiənt/ adjective FORMAL ► helpful or useful in the situation that now exists, although perhaps not the right thing to do morally or for the future: it is expedient to do sth »It might be expedient not to pay him until… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 Expedient — Ex*pe di*enta. [L. expediens, entis, p. pr. of expedire to be expedient, release, extricate: cf. F. exp[ e]dient. See {Expedite}.] 1. Hastening or forward; hence, tending to further or promote a proposed object; fit or proper under the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 expedient — Expedient. s. m. Moyen, invention de terminer une affaire. Trouvez moy quelque expedient. c est un homme d expedient. proposer des expedients. On dit. Il est expedient, pour dire, Il est à propos, il est necessaire. Il est expedient de faire cela …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 7 Expedient — Ex*pe di*ent, n. 1. That which serves to promote or advance; suitable means to accomplish an end. [1913 Webster] What sure expedient than shall Juno find, To calm her fears and ease her boding mind? Philips. [1913 Webster] 2. Means devised in an… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 expedient — (adj.) late 14c., advantageous, fit, proper, from O.Fr. expedient (14c.) or directly from L. expedientem (nom. expediens) beneficial, prp. of expedire make fit or ready, prepare (see EXPEDITE (Cf. expedite)). The noun meaning a device adopted in… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 expedient — [adj] worthwhile, appropriate ad hoc, advantageous, advisable, beneficial, convenient, desirable, discreet, effective, feasible, fit, fitting, helpful, judicious, meet, opportune, politic, possible, practicable, practical, pragmatic, profitable,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 expedient — [ek spē′dē ənt, ikspē′dē ənt] adj. [ME < OFr < L expediens, prp. of expedire: see EXPEDITE] 1. useful for effecting a desired result; suited to the circumstances or the occasion; advantageous; convenient 2. based on or offering what is of… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 expedient — I noun agency, alternative, apparatus, appliance, arrangement, artifice, auxiliary, campaign, consilium, contributing force, contrivance, convenience, course, design, device, equipment, formula, implement, instrument, invention, machina,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 expedient — ► ADJECTIVE 1) advantageous. 2) advisable on practical rather than moral grounds. ► NOUN ▪ a means of attaining an end. DERIVATIVES expedience noun expediency noun expediently adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 expédient — 1. expédient, iente [ ɛkspedjɑ̃, jɑ̃t ] adj. • XIVe ; lat. expediens, p. prés. de expedire « apprêter, arranger » ♦ Littér. Qui convient pour la circonstance. ⇒ 1. commode, convenable, opportun, utile. Vous ferez ce que vous jugerez expédient. «… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 14 EXPÉDIENT — s. m. Moyen de résoudre quelque difficulté, de surmonter un obstacle, de réussir dans quelque affaire. Trouvez moi quelque expédient. C est un homme d expédient. Il est fertile en expédients. Proposer des expédients. Donner des expédients.… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 15 Expedient — Ein Expedient ist in der Regel ein kaufmännischer Angestellter, der für den Versand von Waren und Gütern verantwortlich ist. Die Bezeichnung Expedient gilt aber auch für alle anderen Mitarbeiter einer Vertriebsabteilung. Oft sind diese… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 16 expedient — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French or Latin; Anglo French, from Latin expedient , expendiens, present participle of expedire to extricate, prepare, be useful, from ex + ped , pes foot more at foot Date: 14th century 1.… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 expedient — ex|pe|di|ent1 [ıkˈspi:diənt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: Latin, present participle of expedire; EXPEDITE] helping you to deal with a problem quickly and effectively although sometimes in a way that is not morally right ≠ inexpedient ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 expedient — [[t]ɪkspi͟ːdiənt[/t]] expedients 1) N COUNT: usu sing, oft N of ing An expedient is an action that achieves a particular purpose, but may not be morally right. Surgical waiting lists were reduced by the simple expedient of striking off all… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 expedient — adj. expedient to + inf. (sometimes it is expedient to make concessions) * * * [ɪk spiːdɪənt] expedient to + inf. (sometimes it is expedient to make concessions) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 expedient — 1 noun (C) a clever and effective way of dealing with a problem, even though it may be morally wrong: by the expedient of: Moore escaped by the simple expedient of lying down in a clump of grass. 2 adjective helping you to deal with a problem… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English