opportunistic opportunistic  /ˌɑ pər ˌtu ˈnɪ stɪk/


  • (adj) taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit



  1. Roving crowds, described by police as a mixture of the hungry, the criminal and the opportunistic, overwhelmed poorly prepared local police.
  2. A few flourish on cottage industries, that early stage of every economy; some are the opportunistic agents of the colonial companies that formerly ruled them.
  3. Then you will go further to say TB is an opportunistic disease of aids whereas in fact TB is the thing that destroyed the immune system in the first place.


  1. Opportunistic thief steals pizza deliveryman's car

    A pizza deliveryman who left his car running while he walked to a customer's door found himself without transportation Wednesday when an opportunistic thief stole his Honda.        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Orlando Sentinel

  2. BNY Mellon's Dreyfus Launches Dreyfus Opportunistic Emerging Markets Debt Fund

    NEW YORK, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dreyfus Corporation (Dreyfus), a BNY Mellon company, announced today that it has launched the Dreyfus Opportunistic Emerging Markets Debt Fund, an actively managed ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. DoubleLine Opportunistic Credit Fund (DBL) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for June 19, 2013

    DoubleLine Opportunistic Credit Fund ( DBL ) will begin trading ex-dividend on June 19, 2013. A cash dividend payment of $0.167 per share is scheduled to be paid on June 28, 2013. Shareholders
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Nasdaq


  1. White House press secretary Dana Perino says they thought it would be better to postpone the event "rather than run the risk of anyone thinking that we were being opportunistic in highlighting the issue."
    on Jan 23, 2008 By: Dana Perino Source: KOLD-TV

  2. After the verdict, Bourne and Willis called the case "an opportunistic attempt by Doyle and McPhail to cash in on our success".
    on Jun 6, 2008 By: Matt Willis Source: Mirror.co.uk

  3. "At this point it's opportunistic violence," Mr Ranneberger told AP news agency. "They're not organised like an insurgency."
    on Apr 21, 2007 By: Michael Ranneberger Source: BBC News

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