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 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 In some ways the Recession came at a most inopportune time for sports TV. Greg Engle, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Fisch decided to try Option B, swapping Cruz for second-year quarterback Will Plummer, who was thrusted into inopportune situations as a freshman in 2020, but finally earned a chance to win the starting job against NAU. Justin Spears, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 Crucially, the quality of LuLaRoe’s clothing took a dive, tearing easily or displaying strange prints in inopportune places. Mahita Gajanan, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 Julius Randle had a subpar performance at a pretty inopportune time. Shlomo Sprung, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Or a vacuum cleaner that seems to take revenge on Juan at the most inopportune moment. John Hopewell, Variety, 23 Sep. 2021 The human attention span is short; the flu’s brief sabbatical might have purged it from our minds at an inopportune time. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 23 Sep. 2021 But if Moore misfires at an inopportune moment or if Tucker goes through a brief funk, the decision to dump Cox will become a story. Childs Walker,, 8 Sep. 2021 The closure came at an inopportune time for many businesses that have already been navigating changing pandemic restrictions for the last year and a half. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 26 Aug. 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Inopportune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inopportune

: not suitable or right for a particular situation : inconvenient
: 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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