- 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
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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 from the Web for opportune
But he also knew that the moment for ordering mass variolation would have to be opportune.George Washington, the First Vaxxer
October 5, 2014
Overall, the retreat and its unusual list of speakers comes at an opportune time for the House GOP.GOP Invites Friends of TED to Its Party
January 29, 2014
Regional, global, and political conditions were all converging to make this an opportune moment to advance negotiations.Livni's Ill-Advised Threat Against Bibi
Brent E. Sasley
June 11, 2013
This is also an opportune time, I suppose, to bring back Allen Guelzo's epic review of the movie.What Book Actually Inspired Spielberg's 'Lincoln'?
January 10, 2013
And that sort of specificity, for a politician rebuilding his image, will never be opportune.DSK’s Awkward Homecoming
August 23, 2011
It is not my fault, Bella, the opportune gentleman don't come!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
If it be a loan, Seor, I fear that the time is not opportune.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
He was the mountain peddler, and to-day, at least, his visit was opportune.A Son of Hagar</p>
Sir Hall Caine
Hagthorpe announced at once that the proposal was opportune.
For, whatever it may have been to others, to us your raid upon Barbados was most opportune.
- occurring at a time that is suitable or advantageous
- fit or suitable for a particular purpose or occurrence
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
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