opportunistic

opportunistic
[[t]ɒ̱pə(r)tjuːnɪ̱stɪk, AM -tuːn-[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED (disapproval)
If you describe someone's behaviour as opportunistic, you are critical of them because they take advantage of situations in order to gain money or power, without thinking about whether their actions are right or wrong.

Many of the party's members joined only for opportunistic reasons.

Derived words:
opportunistically ADV-GRADED ADV with v

This nationalist feeling has been exploited opportunistically by several important politicians.


English dictionary. 2008.

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