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

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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

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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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 The news comes at an especially inopportune time for the Marlins, whose starting rotation has been dinged by injuries. Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins starter Jose Urena to miss at least two months with herniated disc," 15 June 2019 But the turmoil at the consulate in Miami, home to the largest community of Venezuelan migrants in the U.S., comes at an especially inopportune time, with another key presidential election looming. Washington Post, "Cash-strapped Venezuela faces eviction from Miami consulate," 22 Feb. 2018 After the Twins lost four of their first six games on this homestand, with the bullpen blowing late leads multiple times, their longtime nemesis arrived at an inopportune time. Dave Campbell,, "Triple play highlights Twins’ win over Yankees; Sabathia struggles," 23 July 2019 McCabe's first opportunity in MLS came at an inopportune moment for the club, which became just the seventh team in MLS history to allow at least seven goals in a single match. Pat Brennan,, "How Tommy McCabe shined on one FC Cincinnati's darkest days," 30 June 2019 Ward’s Barb, who knows just enough about the family to be an irritant but not enough to stay out of their business, shows up at inopportune moments bearing unnecessary drinks for Peggy. Kerry Reid,, "'Four Places' at Den Theatre: As their parents age, old secrets break their silences," 11 June 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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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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