Definition of opportunistic in English:

opportunistic

adjective

  • 1Exploiting immediate opportunities, especially regardless of planning or principle.

    ‘an opportunistic political lightweight’
    • ‘The drafters viewed power politics, and the opportunistic use of Security Council vetoes, as an obstacle to individual accountability under international human rights law.’
    • ‘The company's voracious appetite for acquisitions was opportunistic and did not follow a strategic plan, the report continues, and made it difficult for investors to compare results from year to year.’
    • ‘All that was needed was a sustained opportunistic exploitation and minimal encouragement of what were still rather unimportant plant food sources.’
    • ‘It seems likely that this too was a politically opportunistic decision.’
    • ‘It would be even more disturbing should it emerge that the approach is an opportunistic one, seeking merely to plunder industry without regard to the wider implications.’
    • ‘Political ideologies are quite often opportunistic with respect to institutional questions.’
    • ‘Mr Flavin said the group would continue to increase sales through a combination of organic growth and opportunistic acquisitions.’
    • ‘Politicians, particularly brutally opportunistic politicians, take their cue from the temper of the times.’
    • ‘We are rapidly becoming a tawdry, mean, opportunistic and expedient culture, which I suppose reflects our political leadership on both sides.’
    • ‘Given the uncertainties that envelope them, one cannot blame them for being servile, opportunistic and selfish.’
    • ‘Can this deep division, composed as it is of moral, political, strategic, tactical and opportunistic elements, be bridged?’
    • ‘People think of us as opportunistic and selfish people who will do anything for power, and electing a leader on the basis of who will most likely return us to power is not a good way to go about changing that!’
    • ‘Politicians here should learn the lesson that people can see through such opportunistic politiking.’
    • ‘I think he took an opportunistic political move in the area.’
    • ‘We have lashed out at those we fear and allowed ourselves to be manipulated by opportunistic and exploitative politicians.’
    • ‘They are just so politically opportunistic that they are willing to put their short-term partisan interest ahead of the long-term national interest.’
    • ‘In the movie, a political satire, Beatty plays an opportunistic Democrat who starts being brutally honest on the stump, eventually even talking in rap and wearing the oversized clothes of a hip-hop kid.’
    • ‘I am proud to say that this Government's position is based on environmental integrity, whereas the Opposition's position is opportunistic, and inconsistent with its earlier stance.’
    • ‘These factors increase parents' vulnerability to opportunistic exploitation and raise their overall transaction costs with unfavourable implications for value creation.’
    • ‘I personally was encouraged from an early age to regard your country as opportunistic at minimum, greedy at best, and the worst bully in the playground at worst.’
    egocentric, egotistic, egotistical, egomaniacal, self-centred, self-regarding, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, self-seeking, self-serving, wrapped up in oneself, inward-looking, introverted, self-loving
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    1. 1.1Ecology (of a plant or animal) able to spread quickly in a previously unexploited habitat.
      ‘opportunistic populations colonizing new substrates’
      • ‘In addition, the extra carbon dioxide increases plant growth - particularly for opportunistic species that thrive in cities, such as ragweed.’
      • ‘The aforementioned birds are as opportunistic as humans, at least as far as habitat goes.’
      • ‘These disruptions have allowed opportunistic creatures to move in.’
      • ‘The majority of species are opportunistic, preying upon anything they can overpower that comes within striking distance.’
      • ‘Similar to the orcas described in the story, the great white shark is an opportunistic feeder.’
    2. 1.2Medicine (of a microorganism or an infection caused by it) affecting patients only or chiefly when the immune system is depressed.
      • ‘Tuberculosis is the most frequent opportunistic infection amongst these patients with moderate to advanced immunosuppression.’
      • ‘Moreover, differential diagnosis to exclude opportunistic infections is difficult, due to relatively similar clinical and laboratory presentations.’
      • ‘Of the 43 patients with an opportunistic infection, 36 had a predominance of nodules smaller than 1 cm in diameter.’
      • ‘In advanced HIV infection, the presence of many opportunistic infections affecting the lungs may cause difficulties in the diagnosis of TB.’
      • ‘All patients had prior opportunistic infections.’

Pronunciation

opportunistic

/ɒpətjuːˈnɪstɪk/