noun Date: 1870 the art, policy, or practice of taking advantage of opportunities or circumstances often with little regard for principles or consequences

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  • opportunism — op|por|tun|is|m [ˌɔpəˈtju:nızəm US ˌa:pərˈtu: ] n [U] using every opportunity to gain power, money, or unfair advantages used to show disapproval ▪ He accused the diary s publishers of blatant opportunism …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • opportunism — noun (U) trying whenever possible to gain power or unfair advantages over other people: a blatant piece of political opportunism …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • opportunism — noun she scaled the ladder of success with hard work and opportunism Syn: expediency, pragmatism, exploitation, Machiavellianism, maneuvering; pushing (all) the right buttons striking while the iron is hot, making hay while the sun shines …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • opportunism — opportunist ► NOUN ▪ a person who takes advantage of opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ opportunistic. DERIVATIVES opportunism noun …   English terms dictionary

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