opportunism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n opportunism taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Chinese, the words 'crisis' and 'opportunity' are the same.
    • n Opportunism The art or practice of taking advantage of opportunities or circumstances, or of seeking immediate advantage with little regard for ultimate consequences.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Given the opportunity, deer will chew gum and marijuana.
    • n opportunism The principles or practices of opportunists, in any sense of that word; quickness to grasp favorable opportunities and to modify one's conduct or policy in accordance with them; in a bad sense, the sacrifice of consistency and principles to policy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Opportunism practice of regulating principles by favourable opportunities without regard to consistency
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Quotations

  • Helen Rowland
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    “The follies which a man regrets most in his life, are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.”
  • Helen Schucman
    Helen Schucman
    “Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity”
  • Samuel Smiles
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    “Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them.”
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    “Opportunity always looks better going than coming.”
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    “A sign on the door of Opportunity reads Push.”
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    “A wise man doesn't just wait for the right opportunity, He creates the right opportunity.”

Idioms

Golden opportunity - A golden opportunity is an usually good chance to do or succeed at something. A chance that should not be missed.
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Opportunity knocks but once - This idiom means that you only get one chance to achieve what you really want to do.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. opportunisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. opportunusob, before, portus, a harbour.

Usage

In literature:

Mr. John Short saw and smelt opportunities of improvement, but he agreed that Beechhurst for picturesqueness was most desirable.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
Then, as ever, French was a man who had to wait for his opportunities.
"Sir John French" by Cecil Chisholm
There will be lots of opportunities about the new Reform Bill.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
We have had our day and opportunity.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Burrish and Hawke toed the same line on the morning of February 22d, and they had had that day at least equal opportunity.
"Types of Naval Officers" by A. T. Mahan
I had lost, by my own negligence, the only opportunity that would offer of meeting my friend.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
This was his opportunity.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
DOES THE NORTH AFFORD TO THE NEGRO BETTER OPPORTUNITIES OF MAKING A LIVING THAN THE SOUTH?
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
The lords and commons, animated by such opposite principles, seized every opportunity of thwarting each other.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
The opportunity had come to him which he must use, if he intended ever to use such opportunity.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

For kingly opportunities
Right many have sighed;
How best to bear its devilries
Those learn who have tried!
"A King's Soliloquy [On the Night of His Funeral]" by Thomas Hardy
And when for their abodes they seek
An opportune recess,
The hermit has no finer eye
For shadowy quietness.
"A Wren's Nest" by William Wordsworth
Convaniently to hould
These patriots so bould,
We tuck the opportunity of Tim Doolan's store;
And with ornamints and banners
(As becomes gintale good manners)
We made the loveliest tay-room upon Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray
CHO. Here's a pretty tale for future Iliads and Odysseys
Mortals are about to personate the gods and goddesses.
Now to set the world in order, we will work in unity.
Jupiter's perplexity is Thespis's opportunity.
"Thespis: Act I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The decorously informative church
Guide to Sex suggested that any urge
could well be controlled by playing tennis:
and the game provided also "many
harmless opportunities for healthy
social intercourse between the sexes."
"Love-All" by Ben Jonson
Little old man
Scuffling beside her, bending down, catching his opportunity,
Parting his steel-trap face, so suddenly, and seizing her scaly ankle,
And hanging grimly on,
Letting go at last as she drags away,
And closing his steel-trap face.
"Lui Et Elle" by D H Lawrence

In news:

My friend Frank and I had the opportunity to hang with the Blisslife family in LA back in January.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Commander Roberts for giving me the opportunity to be the Sons of The American Legion Americanism Chairman.
An Opportunity to Stand Up.
Finding Opportunities In China Can Be Fruitful.
UCLA's Brett Hundley: An equal -opportunity passer.
McLouth appreciative of opportunity and fans in ALDS run.
You may find a new opportunity opening up by the end of the day.
Two-day seminar will offer groundwater professionals opportunity to refine skills.
Educational Opportunities for Utility Arborists.
Many of Los Angeles' hillside neighborhoods are situated near open space, giving residents convenient opportunities to outdoor recreation.
What other careers on Money and PayScale.com's list of America's best jobs will see big opportunities, and what do hiring managers look for.
Averaging 100,000 visitors per year, the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 provides an opportunity for science and the public to have a better dialogue.
Job Summit to Offer Free Resources and Career Opportunities.
Serendipity is when opportunity slaps you in the face and you are smart enough not to turn the other cheek.
Small filtered cigarellos represent a real albeit temporary opportunity for convenience stores to rack up sales, so get going before the window of opportunity slams shut.
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In science:

Since the completion of Paper I, an entirely new opportunity for AM CVn searches has emerged from SDSS, and here we also report a new AM CVn, SDSS J2047+0008, discovered in that very different manner.
Two More Candidate AM Canum Venaticorum (AM CVn) Binaries from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
The author is grateful to the CosPA-2007 Symposium for the opportunity to present this report.
Ultra-Low-Energy Germanium Detector for Neutrino-Nucleus Coherent Scattering and Dark Matter Searches
While this design represents only one of many possibilities for future detectors, it features the best understood long-baseline interferometer, the Michelson interferometer, yet offers interesting opportunities for virtual interferometry (see Section 3).
Triple Michelson Interferometer for a Third-Generation Gravitational Wave Detector
Each of these manifestations offers an opportunity for space-based experimentation and, hopefully, a ma jor discovery.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
We are presently in the “discovery” phase of this new physics, and while there are many theoretical conjectures as to the origin of a non-zero Λ, it is essential that we exploit every available opportunity to elucidate the physics that is at the root of the observed phenomena.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
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