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also time-serv·er  (tīm′sûr′vər)
One who conforms to the prevailing ways and opinions of one's time or condition for personal advantage; an opportunist.

time′serv′ing adj. & n.
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Adj.1.timeserving - taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit
expedient - serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
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References in classic literature ?
At any rate, whatever as coming from the god was imparted to those present seemed to be generally of a complimentary nature: a fact which illustrates the sagacity of Kolory, or else the timeserving disposition of this hardly used deity.
Lavrov called for fighting extremism instead of using it for timeserving goals, stressing "right now we are facing the threats of terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and I hope that the understanding of the need to jointly fight this evil will prevail, instead of playing against each other in this or that situation -- like in Syria, for example -- and to use the threat of extremism to achieve timeserving goals."
Take every particular care of this aspect because before your appointment this State was under the sway of corrupt, timeserving and wealth-grasping opportunists who were lewd, greedy and vicious and who wanted nothing out of a State but a sinful consent of amassing wealth and pleasures for themselves.
The precise segmenting of time in a transportable form makes possible, and urgent, the question, "Exactly what time is it?" For time-keeping, as Mumford tells us, "passed into timeserving and time-accounting and time-rationing.
Servant leadership is appropriate to advance workgroup fellows' operation, particularly when leader and fellows interplays within the workgroup are compatible with cultural arrangements: the servant leader, instead of participating in timeserving behaviors, is involved in the separate group fellow's growth and career improvement.
'In intellectual and moral force Hughes stood head and shoulders above the timeserving politicians who might have aspired to the nomination', wrote Dexter Perkins in his 1956 book Charles Evans Hughes and American Democratic Statesmanship.
Consultancy is a client's market, in which the latter's authority triumphs and social entities extend across quality unreliability and prevent short-run timeserving conduct
(Coglianese et al., 2009) The new economics of organization (NEO) considers public entities as arrangements of rationally impenetrable and timeserving participants (Pera, 2014a, b) who must be menaced to be disciplined for the purpose of compelling them to become transparent.
Investors are not interested in switching audit committee members (the change may appear from the timeserving behavior of management).