Adjective "gamesmanship" definition and examples

(Gamesmanship may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈɡeɪmzmənʃɪp/

Definitions and examples

noun

The art of winning games by using various ploys and tactics to gain a psychological advantage.
  1. 'A critical element of his game is his gamesmanship.'
  2. 'Although that document now appears to have been overtaken by events, it is instructive to examine the legal terms as part of the sensitive political gamesmanship.'
  3. 'His work is heftier and more rewarding, on the level of pure intellectual gamesmanship, than I first realized in the '80s.'
  4. 'Violence and gamesmanship are a virulent virus infecting sport.'
  5. 'Players know there is a line between gamesmanship and personal and aggressive insults (sledging).'
  6. 'We get this kind of whimsical sense that the criminal justice system has nothing to do with truth telling, it's all about gamesmanship and winning.'
  7. 'No matter what the ultimate motivation, there is not much cause for hope if this is mere ritual or diplomatic gamesmanship.'
  8. 'After the perfectly valid debate about gamesmanship from Portugal there was relief, for a while, in rediscovering that football itself can be a suitable topic of conversation.'
  9. 'Was that an interesting bit of political gamesmanship?'
  10. 'They need to know that people are doing the right things for the right reasons, and not just for political gamesmanship.'

More definitions

1. the use of methods, especially in a sports contest, that are dubious or seemingly improper but not strictly illegal.

2. the technique or practice of manipulating people or events so as to gain an advantage or outwit one's opponents or competitors.

More examples(as adjective)

"makings can be gamesmanship."