(Op`por*tun"ism) n. [Cf. F. opportunisme.] The art or practice of taking advantage of
opportunities or circumstances, or of seeking immediate advantage with little regard for ultimate consequences.
(Op`por*tun"ist), n. [Cf. F. opportuniste.] One who advocates or practices opportunism.
(Op`por*tu"ni*ty) n.; pl. Opportunities [F. opportunité, L. opportunitas. See Opportune.]
1. Fit or convenient time; a time or place favorable for executing a purpose; a suitable combination of
conditions; suitable occasion; chance.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.Bacon.
2. Convenience of situation; fitness. [Obs.]
Hull, a town of great strength and opportunity, both to sea and land affairs.Milton.
3. Importunity; earnestness. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
Syn. Occasion; convenience; occurrence. Opportunity, Occasion. An occasion is that which
falls in our way, or presents itself in the course of events; an opportunity is a convenience or fitness of
time, place, etc., for the doing of a thing. Hence, occasions often make opportunities. The occasion
of sickness may give opportunity for reflection.
(Op*pos`a*bil"i*ty) n. The condition or quality of being opposable.
In no savage have I ever seen the slightest approach to opposability of the great toe, which is the essential
distinguishing feature of apes.A. R. Wallace.
1. Capable of being opposed or resisted.
2. Capable of being placed opposite something else; as, the thumb is opposable to the forefinger.
(Op*pos"al) n. Opposition. [R.] Sir T. Herbert.
(Op*pose") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Opposed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Opposing.] [F. opposer. See Ob-
, Pose, and cf.2d Appose, Puzzle, n. Cf.L. opponere, oppositum.]
1. To place in front of, or over against; to set opposite; to exhibit.
Her grace sat down . . .Shak.
In a rich chair of state; opposing freely
The beauty of her person to the people.
2. To put in opposition, with a view to counterbalance or countervail; to set against; to offer antagonistically.
I may . . . oppose my single opinion to his.Locke.
3. To resist or antagonize by physical means, or by arguments, etc.; to contend against; to confront; to
resist; to withstand; as, to oppose the king in battle; to oppose a bill in Congress.
4. To compete with; to strive against; as, to oppose a rival for a prize.
I am . . . too weakShak.
To oppose your cunning.