Opportunists

opportunist

[op-er-too-nist, -tyoo-]
noun
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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opportunism

[op-er-too-niz-uhm, -tyoo-]
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:
1865–70; < Italian opportunismo, equivalent to opportun(o) (< Latin opportūnus; see opportune) + -ismo -ism

opportunist, noun
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opportunist (ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪst)
 
n
1.  a person who adapts his actions, responses, etc, to take advantage of opportunities, circumstances, etc
 
adj
2.  taking advantage of opportunities and circumstances in this way
 
oppor'tunism
 
n

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opportunism
1870, from opportune + -ism. Borrowed from It. opportunismo, a word in Italian politics.

opportunist
1881, from opportune + -ist. Borrowed from It. opportunismo, a word in Italian politics, later applied in French to Gambetta (1881) and then generally in English to any who seek to profit from the prevailing circumstances. Related: Opportunistic.
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