What does gamesmanship mean?

Definitions for gamesmanshipˈgeɪmz mənˌʃɪp

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gamesmanship(noun)

    the use of dubious (although not technically illegal) methods to win a game


  1. gamesmanship(Noun)

    The use of legal but unsporting tactics to gain an advantage over oneu2019s opponent


  1. Gamesmanship

    Gamesmanship is the use of dubious methods to win or gain a serious advantage in a game or sport. It has been described as "Pushing the rules to the limit without getting caught, using whatever dubious methods possible to achieve the desired end". It may be inferred that the term derives from the idea of playing for the game as opposed to sportsmanship, which derives from the idea of playing for sport. The term originates from Stephen Potter's humorous 1947 book, The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gamesmanship in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gamesmanship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chris Farrell:

    Almost 16 years later [after 9/11 attacks], how are the interests of the American public served by the FBI’s legal gamesmanship and excessive redactions?

  2. John McCain:

    I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to trust each other, stop the political gamesmanship, and put the health care needs of the American people first, we can do this.

  3. Bill Norris:

    This young man( Bernard Tomic) not trying in Bernard Tomic match at Wimbledon is not a good thing, if I got called out to court( and realized) some guy just wants to buy time, it is gamesmanship.

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