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

Definition of inopportune

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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 But midday travel is at or above pre-COVID levels in many areas, making midday an inopportune time to leave, Pishue continued. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 The lockdowns come at an inopportune time for Xi Jinping. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 May 2022 Kershaw’s absence surfaced at an inopportune time for Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 And then the lockout – a 99-day industry freeze that delayed the season and caused nervous heartbeats in Delaware North’s Buffalo headquarters – landed at the most inopportune time. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Vice President Kamala Harris should be forgiven for her inopportune case of the giggles during a discussion of Ukrainian refugees two weeks ago. James Freeman, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 The arms race in college basketball began roughly 15 years ago, which caught Maryland at an inopportune time. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 22 Mar. 2022 Perspiration is sure to drip down your face and ruin your make-up at inopportune times. Lois K. Solomon,, 3 Mar. 2022 Committing inopportune turnovers and preventing offensive rebounds. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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30 May 2022

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“Inopportune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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