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 inopportuneness (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 tougher overall visa stance by the Trump administration comes at an inopportune time for middle class Nigerians who are increasingly emigrating amid fears of economic uncertainty back home. Dan Kopf, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria had the biggest drop in visitors to the US last year as Trump’s visa policies took hold," 2 Jan. 2020 Up to four inches of snow could coat the Boston area Wednesday morning, falling at an inopportune time for morning commuters before leaving the area by lunchtime., "Snow blows into Greater Boston, threatening commute - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019 The Chiefs, however, have been trending upward, while the Patriots seem to be unraveling at an inopportune time. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 14 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 6 Dec. 2019 Inaccurate at inopportune times Brissett is completing passes at a nearly 64.6% clip this season making him roughly league average in that category. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Where Colts, Jacoby Brissett went wrong vs. Texans," 24 Nov. 2019 But as has been the case in many of South Alabama’s losses in recent years, a number of killer mistakes at inopportune times snuffed out any chance to win. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Short week gives South Alabama chance to rebound quickly," 30 Sep. 2019 And the rain is not just intense, but comes at inopportune times, said Dennis Todey, the director of the Agriculture Department’s climate hub in Ames, Iowa. John Schwartz, New York Times, "A Wet Year Causes Farm Woes Far Beyond the Floodplains," 21 Nov. 2019 The near-collapse of WeWork came at an inopportune time for Son, who recently announced plans to raise money for a second, similarly ambitious Vision Fund that would rival the size of the first. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "WeWork’s Downfall and a Reckoning for SoftBank," 14 Nov. 2019 The lawsuit comes at an inopportune time for Juul, which is under investigation by federal regulators, Congress and state attorneys general for its marketing tactics to minors. Catherine Ho,, "Ex-Juul exec says he was fired after raising concerns about unsafe pods," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Inopportune.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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