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exigency |ˈeksijənsē; igˈzijənsē|

noun ( pl. -cies)

an urgent need or demand : women worked long hours when the exigencies of the family economy demanded it | he put financial exigency before personal sentiment.

ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from late Latin exigentia, from Latin exigere ‘enforce’ (see exact ).


expedient |ikˈspēdēənt|

adjective

(of an action) convenient and practical, although possibly improper or immoral : either side could break the agreement if it were expedient to do so.

(of an action) suitable or appropriate : holding a public inquiry into the scheme was not expedient.

noun

a means of attaining an end, esp. one that is convenient but considered improper or immoral : the current policy is a political expedient.

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expedience noun

expediency noun

expediently adverb

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin expedient- ‘extricating, putting in order,’ from the verb expedire (see expedite ). The original sense was neutral; the depreciatory sense, implying disregard of moral considerations, dates from the late 18th cent.

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