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

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

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Examples of inopportune in a Sentence

He always shows up at the most inopportune times. an inopportune sale of stocks
Recent Examples on the Web The exodus comes at an inopportune time, as CISA helps coordinate a defensive push across government. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "No One Knows How Deep Russia's Hacking Rampage Goes," 14 Dec. 2020 Jury duty, often an opportunity for a solid reading session, can also call you away at inopportune times. Jaqi Holland, The Christian Science Monitor, "He doesn’t know it, but he’s in my book club," 9 Dec. 2020 Auburn’s offense stalled out at the most inopportune times against Texas A&M, with back-to-back three-and-outs during the final period when the game was still in the balance. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn’s offense faltered when it mattered most against No. 5 Texas A&M," 6 Dec. 2020 Yuni started using his ukulele to serenade his girlfriend at the most inopportune times and sharing her reaction with his TikTok followers. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Meet the singer taking TikTok by storm by annoying his girlfriend in the most endearing way," 15 Nov. 2020 The inopportune timing — as health authorities describe dark scenarios about the weeks ahead — is unavoidable. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "When schools reopen will you send your child back?," 3 Dec. 2020 That slump comes at a potentially inopportune time. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Wall Street, Woke Capitalism, and China," 3 Dec. 2020 Indeed, part of what makes Strzok such an odd villain for the Trump age is that—apart from some inopportune intimate text messages—all evidence seems to show that Strzok approached the Trump investigation with integrity and independence. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "Peter Strzok Has a Warning About Russia—and Trump," 8 Sep. 2020 The injury bug has bitten a giant chunk out of the 49ers roster at the most inopportune team against a Saints' team that hit its stride last week. Staff Report,, "49ers vs. Saints predictions: Our staff makes its picks for the matchup in the Superdome," 14 Nov. 2020

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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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31 Dec 2020

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“Inopportune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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