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opportunism

[ op-er-too-niz-uhm, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪz əm, -ˈtyu- /
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noun

the policy or practice, as in politics, business, or one's personal affairs, of adapting actions, decisions, etc., to expediency or effectiveness regardless of the sacrifice of ethical principles.
action or judgment in accordance with this policy.

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Origin of opportunism

1865–70; <Italian opportunismo, equivalent to opportun(o) (<Latin opportūnus;see opportune) + -ismo-ism

OTHER WORDS FROM opportunism

op·por·tun·ist, noun
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