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opportunism

[op-er-too-niz-uh m, -tyoo-] /ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪz əm, -ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
the policy or practice, as in politics, business, or one's personal affairs, of adapting actions, decisions, etc., to expediency or effectiveness regardless of the sacrifice of ethical principles.
2.
action or judgment in accordance with this policy.
Origin of opportunism
1865-1870
1865-70; < Italian opportunismo, equivalent to opportun(o) (< Latin opportūnus; see opportune) + -ismo -ism
Related forms
opportunist, noun
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n.

"policy of adopting actions to circumstances while holding goals unchanged," 1870, from opportune + -ism. Cf. opportunist.

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