expedient


expedient
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 an exigency, a resource" is from 1650s. Related: Expediential (1836); expedientially (1873); expediently (late 14c.).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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