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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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 The recent selloff comes at an inopportune time for a company like Xiaomi Corp., the Chinese smartphone giant that is aiming for an initial public offering in the coming weeks. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Several Asian Countries, Including China, Are Dangerously Close to Bear-Market Territory," 20 June 2018 But a drop-off in earnings growth in the months ahead would come at an inopportune time, the Journal’s Akane Otani writes. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 18 June 2018 The trade tensions are escalating at an inopportune time for China’s economy. Fortune, "Trump Has Approved $50 Billion in China Tariffs as the Superpowers Inch Toward a Trade War," 15 June 2018 The trade tensions are escalating at an inopportune time for China’s economy. Justin Sink,, "Trump Approves Tariffs on $50 Billion of Chinese Goods," 15 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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by force of circumstances

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