Meaning of expediential in English:


Pronunciation /ɪkˌspiːdɪˈɛnʃ(ə)l/ /ɛkˌspiːdɪˈɛnʃ(ə)l/


  • Involving or based on what is expedient.

    ‘an expediential policy’
    • ‘Timing itself is critical: a war or violent event in itself enhances the expediental ethic and leads to callousness.’
    • ‘Fontinell deplores the misconceptions of Pragmatism which characterize the movement as “a kind of unfeeling, unprincipled, non-idealistic, expediental response to human problems”.’
    • ‘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.