stratagem

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Meaning(s)

a clever scheme

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stratagem - scheme

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A ‘stratagem’ is a cunning plan or an astute way of achieving or dealing with something. It typically involves some kind of trick or deception in order to fool an opponent or gain an advantage, but still tends to more often be unethical rather than illegal. Can be used in both a positive and negative context.

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Synonyms gambit
Antonyms philanthropy

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  1. Kate managed to get ahead in the cutthroat world of finance because she was always engaging in brilliant stratagems to outwit rivals.

  2. Jack played only a minor part in Tom’s stratagem to defraud the company, so he was given a comparatively lenient sentence.

  3. I devised several stratagems to save the business from bankruptcy, some more ethical than others. However, it was already too far gone.

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