What does the word expedient mean?

Usage examples for expedient

  1. The practice is a temporary expedient of value, but probably cannot be pursued indefinitely with profit. – Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement by Alva Agee
  2. Fortunately the baby was so young that these matters could be kept from her knowledge until it seemed expedient to reveal them to her. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  3. Thus Annie knew very well where Red Barbara was to be found, although the latter had not considered it expedient to return to Hungary. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai