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expedient
 a.  suitable; appropriate to a purpose; serving to promote your interest
Classic Sentence: (50 in 4 pages)
1  She had recourse to the expedient of children who live in a constant state of fear.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 3: CHAPTER VIII—THE UNPLEASANTNESS OF RECEIVING INTO ONE'S H...
2  To-day the upholders of the past, unable to deny these things, have adopted the expedient of smiling at them.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER II—THE CONVENT AS AN HISTORICAL FACT
3  He made haste to improvise an expedient to make her forget the oath.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER III—MOTHER INNOCENTE
4  In the second place, and no offence to Combeferre, a charter granted is but a poor expedient of civilization.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 4: CHAPTER IV—THE BACK ROOM OF THE CAFE MUSAIN
5  An idea, a flash, crossed Marius' mind; this was the expedient of which he was in search, the solution of that frightful problem which was torturing him, of sparing the assassin and saving the victim.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 8: CHAPTER XX—THE TRAP
6  From this secret conflict, always muzzled, but always growling, was born armed peace, that ruinous expedient of civilization which in the harness of the European cabinets is suspicious in itself.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER IV—CRACKS BENEATH THE FOUNDATION
7  The Magnon sought an expedient.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER I—THE MALICIOUS PLAYFULNESS OF THE WIND
8  In the third place, the expedient.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 7: CHAPTER II—ROOTS
9  It complicates its heroism with a violence for which it is just that it should be held to answer; a violence of occasion and expedient, contrary to principle, and for which it is fatally punished.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XX—THE DEAD ARE IN THE RIGHT AND THE LIVING ARE N...
10  And it was necessary to decide on the instant, to devise some expedient, to come to some decision.
Les Misérables (V5) By Victor Hugo
Get Context   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XXIV—PRISONER
11  de Treville thought of an expedient which might terminate it quietly.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas
Get Context   In 6 HIS MAJESTY KING LOUIS XIII
12  It was not long before Chichikov's purchases had become the talk of the town; and various were the opinions expressed as to whether or not it was expedient to procure peasants for transferment.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER VIII
13  He could also "embellish" his words by the simple expedient of half-closing, half-winking one eye; which trick communicated to some of his satirical utterances quite a mordant effect.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER VIII
14  No, it had to be, "I relieved my nose through the expedient of wiping it with my handkerchief," and so forth.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
Get Context   In PART 1: CHAPTER VIII
15  And so, as they had the power and wish to inculpate him, this expedient of an inquiry and trial seemed unnecessary.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 12: CHAPTER IX
Example Sentence:
1  We think it is expedient to make a good-will gesture to the new administration.
2  Too fond of the right to pursue the expedient.
3  This solution is politically expedient but may well cause long-term problems.
4  Since there was soon to be a general election, the Prime Minister decided that a change of policy was politically expedient.
5  I cut my purchases dramatically by the simple expedient of destroying my credit cards.
6  Surgical waiting lists were reduced by the simple expedient of striking off all patients awaiting varicose vein operations.
7  A pragmatic politician, he was guided by what was expedient rather than by what was ethical.
8  This decision was based on principle rather than expediency.