What does the word expediency mean?

Usage examples for expediency

  1. The aristocracy had always been in sympathy with the order, and in many states the Jesuits had been banished simply as a measure of political expediency, a sop to the restless masses. – The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton
  2. The consequence of this is that Rousseau gives us not the least help towards the solution of any of the problems of actual government, because these are naturally both suggested and guided by considerations of expediency and improvement. – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley
  3. Political expediency and justice seem to be alike against the claims of the Protestant party, unless it be resolved to grant aid to Roman Catholics and Jews only, which is a possible, though not very consistent, solution of the question. – Town Life in Australia 1883 by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny