(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. [Recent]

(Op`por*tun"ist), n. [Cf. F. opportuniste.] One who advocates or practices opportunism. [Recent]

(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.

2. Convenience of situation; fitness. [Obs.]

Hull, a town of great strength and opportunity, both to sea and land affairs.

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.

(Op*pos"a*ble) a.

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 . . .
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.

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 weak
To oppose your cunning.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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