from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Recent The art or practice of taking advantage of opportunities or circumstances, or of seeking immediate advantage with little regard for ultimate consequences.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The taking of opportunities; especially the practice of seeking immediate advantage from a situation without considering the long term

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

  • noun taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others


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