Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principles or practices of opportunists, in any sense of that word; quickness to grasp favorable opportunities and to modify one's conduct or policy in accordance with them; in a bad sense, the sacrifice of consistency and principles to policy.
- n. The taking of opportunities; especially the practice of seeking immediate advantage from a situation without considering the long term
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Recent The art or practice of taking advantage of opportunities or circumstances, or of seeking immediate advantage with little regard for ultimate consequences.
- n. taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
“The term opportunism doesn't begin to do justice to the parade of motor mouths who often argue two sides of any and all issues.”
“As for what you describe as my opportunism, my hypocrisy, my front-runningness, my herd mentality in aligning with Earth Hour, that's a fiction you're choosing to impose on me.”
“For their part, some European policymakers are irked by what they call the opportunism of China's apparent wish to trade some of its vast foreign wealth for increased influence.”
“But the stance is grounded in opportunism, not principle.”
“Their cynical political opportunism is the truly despicable spectacle.”
“Such squalid opportunism is an insult, a disgusting farce.”
“No, anonymous does not imply that opportunism is responsible for ALL the holocaust books.”
“Anonymous said ... anonymous implies that opportunism is responsible for all holocaust books.”
“Born in opportunism he was not long wearing his new clothes.”
“No, if its leader follows the dictates of short-term opportunism and inevitably messy coalition politics.”
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