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Meaning of "Expedient"

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Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau, Henry David. "Civil Disobedience." 1849. The Thoreau Reader. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Aug. 2016.

In the context of lines 8-10, the author uses the word “expedient” to suggest that government is

A

a method of control.

B

an example to its citizens.

C

a just and moral order.

D

a means to an end.

E

a tool of conformity.