gamesmanship

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noun games·man·ship \ ˈgāmz-mən-ˌship \

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

  1. They blur the line between gamesmanship and cheating.

  2. that author doesn't go in for literary gamesmanship, so the reader is never led astray by the novel's narrator

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Origin and Etymology of gamesmanship

games, plural of 1game + -manship (after sportsmanship)
Note: A word popularized and probably originated in this sense by the British author Stephen Potter (1900-69) in The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship (1947).


GAMESMANSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

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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