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opportunist

[op-er-too-nist, -tyoo-] /ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪst, -ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
a person who practices opportunism, or the policy of adapting actions, decisions, etc., to effectiveness regardless of the sacrifice of ethical principles:
He is an extreme opportunist and always thinks the ends justify the means.
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  • He is a hustler of sensibility, an opportunist of inspiration.
  • But his conduct in government has been opportunist and erratic.
  • The plant is considered a hardy opportunist and, left unchecked will outcompete native shrubs and trees.
  • Chalmers is a nitwit and an opportunist who steals ideas from others.
  • Even many of his critics see him as a deluded knight-errant rather than as a venal opportunist.
  • Here, to survive our winters, these opportunist birds have adapted.
  • The price was right and he sold: such are the strengths of the opportunist.
  • He was an opportunist who was willing to damage the country to support his ambitions.
  • But it has also unleashed a torrent of criticism from fellow politicians who have called her an opportunist and a hypocrite.
  • But he was first and foremost a political opportunist.
British Dictionary definitions for opportunist

opportunist

/ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪst/
noun
1.
a person who adapts his actions, responses, etc, to take advantage of opportunities, circumstances, etc
adjective
2.
taking advantage of opportunities and circumstances in this way
Derived Forms
opportunism, noun
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Word Origin and History for opportunist
n.

1881, from opportunism (q.v.) + -ist. A word in Italian politics, later applied in French by Rochefort to Gambetta (1876) and then generally in English to any who seek to profit from the prevailing circumstances.

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