op·​por·​tu·​nis·​tic | \ ˌä-pər-tü-ˈni-stik How to pronounce opportunistic (audio) , -tyü- \

Definition of opportunistic

: taking advantage of opportunities as they arise: such as
a : exploiting opportunities with little regard to principle (see principle sense 1) or consequences a politician considered opportunistic an opportunistic investment
b : feeding on whatever food is available opportunistic feeders opportunistic bears
c : being or caused by a usually harmless microorganism that can become pathogenic when the host's resistance is impaired opportunistic infections opportunistic diseases

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opportunistically \ ˌä-​pər-​tü-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce opportunistic (audio) , -​tyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of opportunistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now is the time for investors to be aligning capital, fine-tuning investment criteria and creating a plan to invest in an opportunistic manner. Veena Jetti, Forbes, "Why 2021 Is A Watershed Year For The Multifamily Housing Industry," 25 Feb. 2021 Dish’s opportunistic behavior was also predictable. Hal Singer, Wired, "The Terrible T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Must Be Undone," 25 Feb. 2021 But the comments could be seized on by Biden’s critics that his campaign used the suffering of the public in the opportunistic pursuit of power. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus was 'best thing that ever happened' to Biden, key aide says in book," 24 Feb. 2021 In other words, one of these teams has been a little more opportunistic than the other. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers vs. Patriots matchups: Will Chargers fix communication issues?," 6 Dec. 2020 Lawtez Rogers acknowledged that being more opportunistic to produce a turnover is a priority. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland coach Mike Locksley regrets not taking shot at end zone in final seconds vs. Minnesota | NOTES," 2 Nov. 2020 Practically, however, a holistic view of our goals — public health, restoration of public service, and economic reopening — suggest that a more opportunistic delivery strategy may ultimately save more lives. Martin Shell, STAT, "With Covid-19 vaccines, ‘fair’ isn’t always fair enough," 12 Feb. 2021 Fraudsters, ever opportunistic, have employed the 2020 Census and COVID-19 vaccines to separate victims from their cash. Mark Dunphy, San Antonio Express-News, "Valentine's Day, COVID-19 pandemic creating 'perfect storm' for scams, USAA fraud expert says," 10 Feb. 2021 An opportunistic Tampa Bay defense totaled four takeaways Sunday night as the Buccaneers outlasted New Orleans 30-20 at the Superdome in an NFL divisional playoff game. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady, Tampa Bay head to NFC championship game after beating Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of opportunistic

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opportunistic

opportunist + -ic entry 1

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The first known use of opportunistic was in 1892

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2 Mar 2021

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“Opportunistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opportunistic. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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op·​por·​tu·​nist·​ic | \ -t(y)ü-ˈnis-tik How to pronounce opportunistic (audio) \

Medical Definition of opportunistic

1 : of, relating to, or being a microorganism that is usually harmless but can become pathogenic when the host's resistance to disease is impaired
2 : of, relating to, or being an infection or disease caused by an opportunistic organism Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and other opportunistic infections that kill AIDS patientsNew York Times

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