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[in-op-er-toon, -tyoon] /ɪnˌɒp ərˈtun, -ˈtyun/
not opportune; inappropriate; inconvenient; untimely or unseasonable:
an inopportune visit.
Origin of inopportune
1525-35; < Late Latin inopportūnus. See in-3, opportune
Related forms
inopportunely, adverb
inopportuneness, inopportunity, noun Unabridged
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  • But when the moment arrived at the weekend, administration officials conceded, the timing was singularly inopportune.
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  • For one, this one doesn't run out of bullets at inopportune times.
  • Now some of the logs were choosing a particularly inopportune moment to split.
  • With a growing number of countries choosing to ban smoking in public places, it is an idea that might seem inopportune.
  • The current sense of unease comes at a particularly inopportune time.
  • It was an inopportune moment for the water pressure to plummet.
  • The timing of the blizzard was especially inopportune for him.
  • One awaited its inopportune ring with a morbid anxiety throughout the performance.
  • Possible misuse of information and disclosure at an inopportune time are valid anti-disclosure interests.
British Dictionary definitions for inopportune


not opportune; inappropriate or badly timed
Derived Forms
inopportunely, adverb
inopportuneness, inopportunity, noun
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Word Origin and History for inopportune

1530s, from Late Latin inopportunus "unfitting," from in- "not" + opportunus (see opportune). A rare word before 19c. Related: Inopportunely.

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