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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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  • But he reckoned without fate, which stepped in most opportunely.

    The Winning Touchdown Lester Chadwick
  • What you would have done with them had I not opportunely arrived, I cannot pretend to say.

    The Young Rajah W.H.G. Kingston
  • Come; you can second my efforts; Heaven has brought you here most opportunely.

    Amphitryon Moliere
  • It was the rifle of Mahoghany Drake that had spoken so opportunely.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was the gunner who had just now so opportunely shown himself a tamer of monsters, and who had got the better of the cannon.

  • “May God bless you, Biarne, for coming so opportunely,” said Karlsefin.

    The Norsemen in the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • opportunely, the taxicab drew up in front of an ornate house on the Drive.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • "I have chanced to arrive most opportunely for myself," said Anne.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Perhaps I may as well explain here how Robinson came so opportunely to the rescue.

  • Certainly, had you not turned up so opportunely—But, Harry, how come you to be here?

British Dictionary definitions for opportunely


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 opportunely



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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