Definition of target of opportunity in English:

target of opportunity

Syllabification: tar·get of op·por·tu·ni·ty

noun

  • 1An object to which effort or study is diverted as soon as it becomes known: every difference between cancerous and normal cells is a potential target of opportunity for new drug discovery
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    • This council will meet quarterly to determine targets of opportunity for action, establish or adjust metrics as required, and measure improvements.
    • Material problems are increasingly under control, so human error has emerged as the target of opportunity in mishap prevention.
    • This angle of research was not part of their cystic fibrosis study, just an unexpected target of opportunity.
  • 1.1A military target that is attacked while in pursuit of another.
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    • If equipped with laser targeting devices they may also designate targets of opportunity for air strikes.
    • Many marveled at the speed with which coalition forces reacted, from the early commitment of ground forces to secure Iraq's southern oil fields, to the near-instantaneous air strike on a leadership target of opportunity.
    • Despite the fighting, the soldiers were still acting like soldiers-cracking wise and hurling good-natured insults when another soldier presented a good target of opportunity.

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