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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

op•por•tun•ismˌɒp ərˈtu nɪz əm, -ˈtyu-(n.)

  1. the policy or practice, as in politics or business, of adapting actions, decisions, etc., to expediency or effectiveness without regard to principles or consequences.

Origin of opportunism:

1865–70; < It opportunismo


Princeton's WordNet

  1. opportunist, self-seeker(adj)

    a person who places expediency above principle

  2. opportunist, opportunistic, timeserving(adj)

    taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit


  1. opportunist(Noun)

    Someone who takes advantage of any opportunity to advance his own situation, placing expediency above principle.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Opportunist

    name given to a politician whose policy it is to take advantage of, or be guided by, circumstances.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who takes advantage of any circumstance which will help him personally

a political opportunist.

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