opportunism


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op·por·tun·ist

 (ŏp′ər-to͞o′nĭst, -tyo͞o′-)
n.
One who takes advantage of any opportunity to achieve an end, often with no regard for principles or consequences.

op′por·tun′ism n.

op•por•tun•ism

(ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪz əm, -ˈtyu-)

n.
the policy or practice, as in politics or business, of adapting actions, decisions, etc., to expediency or effectiveness without regard to principles or consequences.
[1865–70; < Italian opportunismo]
op`por•tun′ist, n.

opportunism

the conscious policy and practice of taking selfish advantage of circumstances, with little regard for principles. — opportunist, n.opportunistic, adj.
See also: Behavior
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.opportunism - taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
selfishness - stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others

opportunism

noun expediency, convenience, exploitation, realism, manipulation, pragmatism, capitalization, realpolitik, utilitarianism, making hay while the sun shines (informal), striking while the iron is hot (informal), unscrupulousness, Machiavellianism The opposition's concern for the environment was mere political opportunism.
Quotations
"There is a tide in the affairs of men,"
"Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" [William Shakespeare Julius Caesar]
Translations
إنْتِهازِيَّه
opportunisme
oportunizam
megalkuvás
hentistefna
oportunizmus
fırsatçılık

opportunism

[ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪzəm] Noportunismo m

opportunism

[ˌɒpərˈtjuːnɪzəm] nopportunisme m

opportunism

opportunism

[ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪzm] n (frm, pej) → opportunismo

opponent

(əˈpəunənt) noun
a person who opposes. an opponent of the government; He beat his opponent by four points.
opporˈtune adjective
coming at the right time. an opportune remark.
opporˈtunely adverb
opporˈtuneness noun
opportunism noun
opporˈtunist noun
a person who takes advantage of any circumstance which will help him personally. a political opportunist.
References in classic literature ?
In Defoe's last years he suffered a great reverse of fortune, paying the full penalty for his opportunism and lack of ideals.
Speaking to M AIL T ODAY , Congress spokesman Salman Anees Soz, said: " BJP is doing worst kind of political opportunism in pursuit of its mission- 44 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Politicians are so good at exposing each other's opportunism.
Political opportunism is actually influencing the state of affairs in one's favour by hook or by crook at any cost for political prestige, power, support and seizure keeping aside the gospels and principles.
W]e cannot mistake Putin's opportunism for genuine conservative values.
Without directly blaming opposition parties, Chidambaram said consensus was stymied by political opportunism.
This is a dangerous and unacceptable matter in and of itself, and points to an internal dictatorial course, political opportunism at the expense of Egypt's national interests, or destructive improvisation and ignorance of Egypt's role and of the view it has historically held of its own role in the worst of cases.
The law in Nazi Germany; ideology, opportunism, and the perversion of justice.
This occurs because individuals and managers who have developed a sense of rapport and understanding between them will tend to evaluate their transactions in more than just economic terms; in other words, they reason that a little opportunism is probably not so bad after all.
However, the potential for performance improvement has to be balanced against the potential for opportunism in dealing with external suppliers.
Their policy in office was opportunism and their policy now is opportunism.
This second degree of opportunism is somewhat more difficult to detect and prevent, requiring lawyers, enforcement and monitoring mechanisms, and so forth.