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[op-er-toon, -tyoon] /ˌɒp ərˈtun, -ˈtyun/
appropriate, favorable, or suitable:
an opportune phrase for the occasion.
occurring or coming at an appropriate time; well-timed:
an opportune warning.
Origin of opportune
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin opportūnus convenient, equivalent to op- op- + portu-, stem of portus access, port1 + -nus adj. suffix (u lengthened as in tribūnus tribune1)
Related forms
opportunely, adverb
opportuneness, noun
unopportune, adjective
unopportunely, adverb
unopportuneness, noun
Can be confused
opportune, opportunistic.
1. apt; fortunate, propitious. 2. convenient. Opportune, seasonable, timely refer to something that is particularly fitting or suitable for a certain time. Opportune refers to something that is well-timed and meets exactly the demands of the time or occasion: an opportune remark. Something that is seasonable is right or proper for the time or season or occasion: seasonable weather. Something that is timely occurs or is done at an appropriate time, especially in time to meet some need: timely intervention. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for opportune
  • Some industry experts say that this is an opportune time to make a move into these nascent markets.
  • With a wretched economy and long to-do list, it hardly seems an opportune moment.
  • In brief, although another site could probably be found, research to reuse the spent nuclear fuel would be opportune.
  • It is hardly an opportune time to discuss a change in compensation models.
  • He and his cronies are waiting for an opportune moment.
  • All this could not have come at a more opportune time for frazzled cooks.
  • With a wretched economy and long to-do list, it is not an opportune moment.
  • The pursuit of the record could not have come at a more opportune time for baseball.
  • If there ever was a financially opportune time to invest in green technology it is now.
  • Whether this makes it more or less intransigent is open to debate, but the moment is opportune for it to declare a ceasefire.
British Dictionary definitions for opportune


occurring at a time that is suitable or advantageous
fit or suitable for a particular purpose or occurrence
Derived Forms
opportunely, adverb
opportuneness, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin opportūnus, from ob- to + portus harbour (originally: coming to the harbour, obtaining timely protection)
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Word Origin and History for opportune

c.1400, from Old French opportun and directly from Latin opportunus "fit, convenient, suitable, favorable," from the phrase ob portum veniens "coming toward a port," in reference to the wind, from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + portus "harbor" (see port (n.1)). Related: Opportunely.

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