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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.

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
1865-1870
1865-70; < Italian opportunismo, equivalent to opportun(o) (< Latin opportūnus; see opportune) + -ismo -ism
Related forms
opportunist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for opportunists

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 opportunists

opportunism

n.

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

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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