opportunist : Common Errors in English

About opportunist

When applied to people, the label “opportunist” usually has negative connotations. It implies that the people so labeled take unprincipled, unfair advantage of opportunities for selfish ends. Opportunistic people are often also regarded as exploitative. The term is often used to label unscrupulous politicians who seek to manipulate voters in their favor by exploiting certain issues or opportunities in an unethical way.Sports commentators who call the skillful interceptor of a pass in football an “opportunist” are misusing the word.If you want to praise people for taking legitimate and skilled advantage of opportunities that spring up, it is better to call them “enterprising” or “quick-witted.” The specialized meaning of “opportunistic” in biology does not cause problems because the people who use the word in this sense know what it describes: the ability of a species to exploit a previously unexploited ecological niche.

opportunist Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who places expediency above principle
  • (s) taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit

opportunist in News

  1. Canseco selling sex-case item

    Jose Canseco is always the opportunist. Cleared of sexual assault charges by the Las Vegas Police Department, Jose Canseco is taking advantage of the opportunity to show he's really not a sleazeball ... by acting like a sleazeball.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: MSN

  2. Full strength Indians blast Blue Storm

    GLADSTONE - The Gladstone Indians played the opportunist's role until their bats came alive Thursday night, posting a 12-0 American Legion baseball victory in five innings over the Ishpeming Blue Storm.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Escanaba Daily Press

  3. Local Sports

    GLADSTONE - The Gladstone Indians played the opportunist's role until their bats came alive Thursday night, posting a 12-0 American Legion baseball victory in five innings over the Ishpeming Blue Storm.
    on June 7, 2013 Source: The Mining Journal

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