in·​op·​por·​tune | \ (ˌ)in-ˌä-pər-ˈtün , -ˈtyün\

Definition of inopportune

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Other Words from inopportune

inopportunely adverb
inopportuneness \ (ˌ)in-​ˌä-​pər-​ˈt(y)ün-​nəs \ 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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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 Gordon’s first eight days of camp were every bit as good as Minshew’s, but his 4-of-14 effort in Friday’s scrimmage, followed by Tuesday’s showing, have come at an inopportune time. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Gardner Minshew has a solid day as WSU returns to the practice field," 14 Aug. 2018 And the clips too often come unclipped at inopportune moments. Ellen Warren,, "Going for a strong shoulder with (still stylish) shoulder pads," 10 July 2018 Davis' call-up came at a somewhat inopportune time. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "J.D. Davis striving to make the most of limited opportunities with Astros," 26 May 2018 Glenn Robinson III’s injury-marred season came at inopportune time. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons land former Michigan player Glenn Robinson III," 1 July 2018 The trade dispute came at an inopportune time for Harley, which is already struggling to sell motorcycles to millennials. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Harley-Davidson to move some motorcycle production out of U.S. after EU tariffs," 25 June 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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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 , -ˈtyün\

Kids Definition of inopportune

: inconvenient She always calls at the most inopportune time.

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excited commotion or publicity

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