in·​op·​por·​tune | \ (ˌ)in-ˌä-pər-ˈtün How to pronounce inopportune (audio) , -ˈtyün\

Definition of inopportune

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Other Words from inopportune

inopportunely adverb
inopportuneness \ (ˌ)in-​ˌä-​pər-​ˈt(y)ün-​nəs How to pronounce inopportuneness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for inopportune


early, precocious, premature, unseasonable, untimely



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Examples of inopportune in a Sentence

He always shows up at the most inopportune times. an inopportune sale of stocks

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But as history has proven, Murphy’s Law can trigger an update at an inopportune time. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade," 5 Mar. 2019 But all that was sabotaged by a holding penalty here, a pass interference there, an unsportsmanlike violation thrown in, all at seemingly the most inopportune times. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "The Seahawks missed an opportunity against the 49ers. But all is not lost … yet," 18 Dec. 2018 Which means that Trump’s policies — which purposely eschew international cooperation and engagement — come at the most inopportune time. Alex Ward, Vox, "America’s declining power, in one quote," 14 Sep. 2018 The simplest things go wrong at the most inopportune times. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 As one can imagine, the monsters show up at the most inopportune time to wreak havoc on their lives and separate them from each other. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: The silence is terrifying in John Krasinski's 'Quiet Place'," 5 Apr. 2018 The defense front struggled to get pressure on Broncos quarterback Case Keenum, landing just one sack, and there were periodic breakdowns in both pass and run coverage at very inopportune times. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Loss to Broncos shows Seahawks fans should brace themselves for a rollercoaster season," 10 Sep. 2018 Then, at the least, your graduate won’t run out of gas at the most inopportune but narratively climactic time. Robert Duffer,, "Graduating to your own car? Safety features are key," 8 June 2018 YouTube TV did suffer service interruption at an inopportune time during this summer’s World Cup, however, and channel pages went down for a while in April. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A new kind of dark money on Facebook is influencing elections," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of inopportune

circa 1507, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inopportune

Latin inopportunus, from in- + opportunus opportune

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The first known use of inopportune was circa 1507

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English Language Learners Definition of inopportune

: not suitable or right for a particular situation
: done or happening at the wrong time


in·​op·​por·​tune | \ in-ˌä-pər-ˈtün How to pronounce inopportune (audio) , -ˈtyün\

Kids Definition of inopportune

: inconvenient She always calls at the most inopportune time.

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