Definition of gamesmanship
1 : the art or practice of winning games by questionable expedients without actually violating the rules
2 : the use of ethically dubious methods to gain an objective
Examples of gamesmanship in a Sentence
They blur the line between gamesmanship and cheating.
that author doesn't go in for literary gamesmanship, so the reader is never led astray by the novel's narrator
Recent Examples of gamesmanship from the Web
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens wasn’t so inclined to avoid political gamesmanship.
The governor says political gamesmanship is part of being in public service but should not impact what happens at the Capitol.
SEIU's airing of a potential ballot measure underscores the gamesmanship of politics at this point in the legislative session, with just weeks to go before the state constitution requires adjournment.
Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has claimed some players grunt as a form of gamesmanship.
That sort of gamesmanship is the legacy of a very different modernist pioneer, Marcel Duchamp.
The Florida Legislature chose political gamesmanship over the will of 71 percent of voters, said Ben Pollara, the manager of the campaign that got Amendment 2 in the constitution.
Looking forward, the next Assistant Attorney General should be committed to returning the Civil Rights Division to equal enforcement of all federal voting statutes strictly to advance the Rule of Law rather than partisan gamesmanship.
For all their self-deprecating irony and jack-in-the-box narrative gamesmanship, Silver and Ott—crafting a precise and exquisite visual style—
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Origin and Etymology of gamesmanship
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Definition of gamesmanship for English Language Learners
: the practice of winning a game or contest by doing things that seem unfair but that are not actually against the rules
: the clever use of skills or tricks to succeed or do something
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