英 [ɪk'spiːdɪənt; ek-]
- adj. 权宜的；方便的；有利的
- n. 权宜之计；应急手段
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- expedient (adj.)
- late 14c., "advantageous, fit, proper to a purpose," from Old French expedient "useful, beneficial" (14c.) or directly from Latin expedientem (nominative expediens) "beneficial," present participle of expedire "make fit or ready, prepare" (see expedite). The noun meaning "a device adopted in an exigency, that which serves to advance a desired result" is from 1650s. Related: Expediential; expedientially (both 19c.).
Expedient, contrivance, and device indicate artificial means of escape from difficulty or embarrassment; resource indicates natural means or something possessed; resort and shift may indicate either. [Century Dictionary]
- 1. The disease was controlled by the simple expedient of not allowing anyone to leave the city.
- 2. The government found it expedient to relax censorship a little.
- 3. It was expedient to retire gracefully.
- 4. Do whatever is expedient.
- 5. I cut my purchases dramatically by the simple expedient of destroying my credit cards.
[ expedient 造句 ]