opportunism

noun
op·​por·​tun·​ism | \ ˌä-pər-ˈtü-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce opportunism (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of opportunism

: the art, policy, or practice of taking advantage of opportunities or circumstances often with little regard for principles or consequences

Examples of opportunism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is this opportunism or is her level of involvement in Tom’s alleged wrongdoing still an open question? Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 McCarthy recruited much of the Tea Party class of 2010, not out of any particular affinity for the individuals but out of opportunism. Philip Elliott, Time, 28 Apr. 2022 This is not new, except for the way an unembarrassed opportunism has been enshrined among the laws of nature and has flourished destructively in the near absence of resistance or criticism. Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, 11 June 2020 But medicine’s reuse of retail space is more than pandemic opportunism, according to a November article in the Harvard Business Review. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 Politics has always been a breeding ground for opportunism, but what makes this moment different is that much of the conservative infrastructure now rewards such self-serving behavior. Ethan Lamb, National Review, 23 Mar. 2022 The charlatan Tour members involved in this scheme — Mickelson and Norman chief among them — have never been more isolated from their peers, never more exposed in their heartless opportunism, and never more lacking in public support. Eamon Lynch, The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 But medicine’s reuse of retail space is more than pandemic opportunism, according to a November article in the Harvard Business Review. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 But medicine’s reuse of retail space is more than pandemic opportunism, according to a November article in the Harvard Business Review. Blake Farmer, Fortune, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of opportunism

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opportunism

opportune + -ism, after Italian opportunismo and French opportunisme

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The first known use of opportunism was in 1870

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23 May 2022

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“Opportunism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunism. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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