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wolfram's avatar

Which is correct? Let's act with expediency or with expedience?

Asked by wolfram (194points) September 15th, 2010

Why is your answer correct? Does it matter which one?

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CyanoticWasp's avatar

Let’s act expeditiously. “Quickly”. “With expedience” suggests “taking the easy way out”. And I’m not even sure that “expediency” is a word.

MissA's avatar

They are both nouns and synonyms. Therefore, I would use them interchangeably.

Seek's avatar

I’m tossing my hat in with @CyanoticWasp

iamthemob's avatar

This is a great question, and it’s kind of ticking me off!

Everything I find on “expedience” states that the definition is “expediency.” Expediency seems to be more commonly used in what I’ve seen. I would myself use expedience if I was referring to the general concept and expediency if I was referring to a specific form of it (as it also can be pluralized).

I’d probably try to avoid the entire debacle and say “Let’s be expedient.”

MissA's avatar

Expediency is a word in the dictionary.

wolfram's avatar

I agree with MissA. Both are nouns and look like they can be used interchangeably. So, I guess it does not matter. Expedient is an adjective not a noun.

MissA's avatar


In that entirely different question, you most certainly would be correct.

Let’s be expedient…
Let’s act expediently…
Let’s act with expediency…
Let’s act with expedience

Austinlad's avatar

Writing, especially for writers, is tough enough without getting hung up on a word that might cause confusion. That’s why I have several Web page synonym finders bookmarked, as well as keep Roget’s Thesaurus always nearby.

“Expedience,” for example, has a number of excellent synonyms (and this was just a cursory search):
advantage, advantageousness, advisability, appositeness, aptness, benefit, convenience, desirability, effectiveness, efficiency, fitness, helpfulness, judiciousness, meetness, opportunism, opportunity, order, policy, practicality, pragmatism, profitability, profitableness, properness, propitiousness, propriety, prudence, rightness, suitability, usefulness, utilitarianism, utility

MissA's avatar


Just to be clear, I didn’t say that expedience only had one synonym. I said that the two words in the question were synonyms to each other.

I don’t mean to sound defensive…just thought you might have misread my comment.


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