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opportunist

noun [C]     /ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪst/ US   /ˌɒpərˈtuːnɪst/ disapproving
someone who tries to get power or an advantage in every situation: He was portrayed as a ruthless opportunist.
(Definition of opportunist noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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