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I don’t trust his motives. He is ambitious and excessively opportunistic.
  marked by taking advantage of unplanned circumstance — possibly unethically
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opportunistic opportunistically
Strongly Associated with:   opportune, opportunist
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  • I don’t trust his motives. He is ambitious and excessively opportunistic.
  • His powers of observation had served him well in a society where only the shrewdest, most opportunistic, most selfish, and least loyal to friends flourished.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • With the opportunistic memory of women she scarcely recalled how she had felt when she and Dick had possessed each other in secret places around the corners of the world, during the month before they were married.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He was in turn magnanimous yet vindic-tive, affectionate yet cruel, eccentric yet self-conscious, faithful yet opportunistic.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage

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  • Was it that we of all, we, most of all, had to affirm the principle, the plan in whose name we had been brutalized and sacrificed-not because we would always be weak nor because we were afraid or opportunistic, but because we were older than they, in the sense of what it took to live in the world with others and because they had exhausted in us, some-not much, but some-of the human greed and smallness, yes, and the fear and superstition that had kept them running.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • In a city, relatively minor problems like graffiti, public disorder, and aggressive panhandling, they write, are all the equivalent of broken windows, invitations to more serious crimes: Muggers and robbers, whether opportunistic or professional, believe they reduce their chances of being caught or even identified if they operate on streets where potential victims are already intimidated by prevailing conditions.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • But the pressure was too weak, so that instead the water slid soundlessly down the underside of the shell where opportunistic slime hung in dripping points, like stalactites in a limestone cave.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • True, you attacked us opportunistically in the Siidtirol, but after what we had done in the Balkans we more than deserved it.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The opportunistic halfling was awarded the title of First Citizen and the finest house in all of Ten-Towns for his part in the battle.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Now, with an awful second half against a determined, opportunistic Ole Miss team, that undefeated season wasn’t going to happen.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes

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  • That Golden Rule Thing CRAIG NEWMARK I USED TO SHARE THE CYNICISM COMMON to many nerds—that people were frequently malicious and opportunistic.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Growing up in the United States and then living in China and Japan, we thought of prostitution as something that women may turn to opportunistically or out of economic desperation.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The Army analyzed the terrorist groups in the city and decided there were three different categories: hard-core Islamist fanatics, associated with alQaeda and similar groups; locals who were a little less fanatic though they still wanted to kill Americans; and opportunistic criminal gangs who were basically trying to make a living off the chaos.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • …the slabs of meat the keeper would fling through the bars, roared with hunger and impatience; in the foothills of Entoto, the hyenas heard and paused as they neared the edge of the city, three steps forward and one back, cowardly and opportunistic; the Emperor in his palace made plans for a state visit to Bulgaria and perhaps to Jamaica, where he had followers—Rastas—who took their name from his precoronation name of Ras Teferi and who thought he was God (an idea he didn’t mind…
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
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Associated words [difficulty]:   opportunistic [7] , opportune [4] , opportunist [5]
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