Ex*pe"di*ence (?), Ex*pe"di*en*cy (?),, n.

1.

The quality of being expedient or advantageous; fitness or suitableness to effect a purpose intended; adaptedness to self-interest; desirableness; advantage; advisability; -- sometimes contradistinguished from moral rectitude.

Divine wisdom discovers no expediency in vice. Cogan.

To determine concerning the expedience of action. Sharp.

Much declamation may be heard in the present day against expediency, as if it were not the proper object of a deliberative assembly, and as if it were only pursued by the unprincipled. Whately.

2.

Expedition; haste; dispatch.

[Obs.]

Making hither with all due expedience. Shak.

3.

An expedition; enterprise; adventure.

[Obs.]

Forwarding this dear expedience. Shak.

 

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