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opportunist

noun
     
op‧por‧tun‧ist [countable]
1 someone who uses every opportunity to gain power, money, or unfair advantages - used to show disapproval:
Voters dislike opportunists - politicians who change their policies according to opinion polls.
2 someone who commits a crime because they have a chance to, and not because they planned to:
Most burglars are opportunists.
an opportunist crime
opportunist adjective:
the opportunist policies of wartime leaders
opportunistic adjective:
opportunistic thefts from cars

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