- 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 opportunely
And whose death comes so opportunely for thy rise, Don Alvar?Calderon The Courtier
The finance of the country is "opportunely" a little improved.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)
Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
As she took it she said, with a smile, "I am very glad to have met you so opportunely."Louis XIV., Makers of History Series
John S. C. Abbott
What you would have done with them had I not opportunely arrived, I cannot pretend to say.The Young Rajah
It was the rifle of Mahoghany Drake that had spoken so opportunely.Twice Bought
- 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 opportunely
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