opportunist

noun op·por·tun·ist \ ˌä-pər-ˈtü-nist , -ˈtyü- \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of opportunist

: one that is opportunistic or that practices opportunism
  • a slick, shady, amoral opportunist who has only one desire: to get through life without a day of labor
  • —Allan Ulrich
  • Most burglars are opportunists.

opportunist

adjective

Examples of opportunist in a Sentence

  1. a political opportunist who changed his health-care plan to win the election

  2. ever the opportunist, she immediately set about becoming the incoming administrator's new best friend

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Origin and Etymology of opportunist

opportun(ism) + 1-ist, probably after French opportuniste

opportunist Synonyms


OPPORTUNIST Defined for English Language Learners

opportunist

noun

Definition of opportunist for English Language Learners

  • : someone who tries to get an advantage or something valuable from a situation without thinking about what is fair or right


Medical Dictionary

opportunist

noun op·por·tun·ist \ ˌäp-ər-ˈt(y)ü-nəst \

medical Definition of opportunist

: an opportunistic microorganism


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