Expedient vs Practical - What's the difference?
Expedient is a synonym of practical.
As nouns the difference between expedient and practical
is that expedient
is expedient while practical
is (british) a part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability.
As a verb expedient
As an adjective practical is
based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis.
Simple, easy, or quick; convenient.
* Bible, John xvi. 7
- Most people, faced with a decision, will choose the most expedient option.
- It is expedient for you that I go away.
Governed by self-interest, often short-term self-interest.
* 1861 , John Stuart Mill,
- Nothing but the right can ever be expedient , since that can never be true expediency which would sacrifice a greater good to a less.
(obsolete) Quick; rapid; expeditious.
- But the Expedient', in the sense in which it is opposed to the Right, generally means that which is ' expedient for the particular interest of the agent himself; as when a minister sacrifices the interests of his country to keep himself in place.
- His marches are expedient to this town.
A method or means for achieving a particular result, especially when direct or efficient; a resource.
* 1906 , O. Henry, :
* 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, page 709:
- He would never let her know that he was aware of the strange expedient to which she had been driven by her great distress.
- Depressingly, [...] the expedient of importing African slaves was in part meant to protect the native American population from exploitation.
(British) A part of an exam or series of exams in which the candidate has to demonstrate their practical ability
Based on practice or action rather than theory or hypothesis
Being likely to be effective and applicable to a real situation; able to be put to use
- Jack didn't get an engineering degree, but has practical knowledge of metalworking.
Of a person, having skills or knowledge that are practical
- Jack's knowledge has the practical benefit of giving us useful prototype parts.
- All in all, Jack's a very practical chap
* (based on practice or action) theoretical
* (being likely to effective and applicable to a real situation) impractical
* (of a person) impractical