Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit.

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  • adj. taking advantage of situations that arise
  • adj. said of people who will take advantage of situations to advance their own interests, without regard for principles

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit; practising opportunism.
  • adj. Causing disease only when the immune system of the host has been weakened, or other damage to the host provides special opportunity for invasion; -- of microorganisms or infectious diseases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit

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Examples

  • She said her client was ashamed of the act, which he described as "opportunistic."

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  • ZAHN: David, let's come back to this opportunist, what you called opportunistic intelligence that led to this strike last night.

    CNN Transcript Apr 8, 2003

  • For his part, Harper - who triggered an election in 2008 just as the recession was taking hold - is now saying Canada doesn't need what he calls an "opportunistic" election when the focus should be on the economy.

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  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ministers have repeatedly said they won't spark what they call an "opportunistic" election.

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  • "We also get a fair amount of what you call opportunistic business," he says.

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  • It's as if the "morality" of their adaptation, craven and opportunistic, is reflected in how they look.

    Notes from the field: Vultures in the neighborhood

  • Chalk it up to my cynical view of elected officials at the highest levels of government, or attribute it to my disdain for the word opportunistic as in "exploiting opportunities and situations in general, especially in a devious, unscrupulous or unprincipled way," but I'm more thrilled than University of Alabama football fans right now that all but one of the Washington staffers for Rep. Griffith have resigned to protest his switch.

    Derrick K. Baker: When Opportunity Knocks, Don't Fence-Sit

  • The NP believed the bank should be protected against short-term opportunistic pressure, he said.

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  • The NP believed the bank should be protected against short-term opportunistic pressure, he said during debate on the finance budget vote.

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  • I got to know IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi as a person who is not easily seduced by short-term opportunistic considerations.

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