games·​man·​ship | \ ˈgāmz-mən-ˌship How to pronounce gamesmanship (audio) \

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 on the Web Is there a debate in Washington that's full of political gamesmanship. CBS News, 31 July 2022 Advocates caution that the recent surge in legislation and rhetoric against LGBTQ people shouldn't be viewed purely through the lens of political gamesmanship. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 21 July 2022 There is still a bit of gamesmanship that goes on in the NFL. Jonathan M. Alexander, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Aug. 2022 So, there’s no shortage of gamesmanship in the NWSL or women’s soccer’s international competitions. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 July 2022 In that respect, the session with Marie is vintage Saul, a straightforward across-the-desk scene with a zigzagging power dynamic that veers wildly from honest emotion to sneering gamesmanship. Darren Franich,, 16 Aug. 2022 There was some gamesmanship at the end of the frame, as Adesanya finger-wagged his opponent after a love tap to the midsection by Cannonier after the horn. Danny Segura, USA TODAY, 3 July 2022 During boom times like the 1990s, our political culture is too shortsighted and too obsessed with minor tactical gamesmanship to tackle long-term problems. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 The gamesmanship has left Twitter executives on edge and divided about how to respond. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gamesmanship

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gamesmanship

games, plural of game entry 1 + -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).

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14 Sep 2022

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“Gamesmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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