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opportune

[op-er-toon, -tyoon] /ˌɒp ərˈtun, -ˈtyun/
adjective
1.
appropriate, favorable, or suitable:
an opportune phrase for the occasion.
2.
occurring or coming at an appropriate time; well-timed:
an opportune warning.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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 tribune)
Related forms
opportunely, adverb
opportuneness, noun
unopportune, adjective
unopportunely, adverb
unopportuneness, noun
Can be confused
opportune, opportunistic (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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.
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Examples 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

opportune

/ˈɒpəˌtjuːn/
adjective
1.
occurring at a time that is suitable or advantageous
2.
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
opportune
c.1400, from L. opportunus "favorable," from the phrase ob portum veniens "coming toward a port," in reference to the wind, from ob "to, toward" + portus "harbor."
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