bedieved (beh-dee-EH-vehd) listen


  • adv. "Done just well enough to fulfill a need or duty; perfunctorily" (Weiser, Frumspeak).

  • adj. adv. Done after the fact (in an acceptable, but still not ideal, manner); ex post facto.

  • adv. "Under duress, or done when no options are available; as a last resort" (Weiser, Frumspeak).

  • adv. "Resentfully; without enthusiasm; begrudgingly" (Weiser, Frumspeak).

Example Sentences

  • "If it's too loud in the Beis Medrash, bedieved you can learn in the Ezras Nashim." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic


  • בדיעבד 'having done'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      b'dieved, b'di-eved, b'di'avad, b'di-avad, bediavad, b'diavad


  • Usually an adverb (something is done bedieved), but also a noun (something is done as a bedieved). Usually contrasted with "lechatchila," something that should be done as a first priority, the ideal.

    See also bedievedik.

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