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

Definition of inopportune

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Other Words from inopportune

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 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 The injury bug hit at an inopportune time for the 2-3 Giants., "Running backs Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) and tight end Evan Engram (knee) will all miss Week 6 at Gillette.," 10 Oct. 2019 The Eagles, also, are not above losing a stunner at an inopportune time. Conor Orr,, "NFL Teams That Will Almost Definitely Miss the Playoffs," 2 Oct. 2019 An acceptance that Green’s shot (and thus his primary means of contributing to an offense) might fail him at an inopportune time prevents him from ranking higher. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Chevron approved the project in 2016 at what may have seemed like an inopportune time: The world was awash in oil, and the industry was still reeling from a price collapse that had begun in 2014. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "A Windswept Plain, a Sea of Oil and a Mountain of Money," 30 Aug. 2019 There’s just a different degree of difficulty waiting in 2020 at an inopportune time. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Why Alabama’s 2020 schedule looks different from others," 7 Aug. 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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“Inopportune.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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