One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Involving or based on what is expedient.‘an expediential policy’
- ‘Fontinell deplores the misconceptions of Pragmatism which characterize the movement as “a kind of unfeeling, unprincipled, non-idealistic, expediental response to human problems”.’
- ‘Timing itself is critical: a war or violent event in itself enhances the expediental ethic and leads to callousness.’
- ‘Action is an effort to produce certain consequences and is therefore essentially expediential.’
- ‘Human beings construct their politics in terms of pragmatic, expediential goals.’
- ‘He based his case on two arguments, one scriptural and one expediential.’
Mid 19th century: from expedient + -ial.
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