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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
2. Degree of Subservience

646. [Specific Subservience.] Expedience.

   NOUN:EXPEDIENCE or expediency, desirability, desirableness &c. adj.; fitness (agreement) [See Agreement]; utility [See Utility]; propriety; opportunism; advantage, opportunity; pragmatism, pragmaticism; a working proposition.
  high time (occasion) [See Occasion]; suitable time or season, tempestivity [obs.].
   VERB:BE EXPEDIENT &c. adj.; suit (agree) [See Agreement]; befit; suit -, befit- the -time, – season, – occasion; produce the goods [colloq.].
  CONFORM [See Conformity].
   ADJECTIVE:EXPEDIENT; desirable, advisable, acceptable; convenient; worth while, meet; fit, fitting; due, proper, eligible, seemly, becoming; befitting &c. v.; opportune (in season) [See Occasion]; in loco [L.]; suitable (accordant) [See Agreement]; applicable (useful) [See Utility].
  PRACTICAL, practicable, effective, pragmatic, pragmatical.
   ADVERB:CONVENIENTLY &c. adj.; in the nick of time; in the right place.
  1. Operæ pretium est.
  2. The end must justify the means.—Prior
  3. Too fond of the Right to pursue the Expedient.—Goldsmith—of Burke
  4. Principle is ever my motto, not expediency.—Disraeli
  5. Expediency is the science of exigencies.—Kossuth