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Origin of inopportune
OTHER WORDS FROM inopportunein·op·por·tune·ly, adverbin·op·por·tune·ness, in·op·por·tu·ni·ty, noun
Words nearby inopportune
What does inopportune mean?
Inopportune means inappropriate, unfavorable, or unsuitable for a particular situation or occasion.
It can also mean coming at the wrong time. The terms untimely and poorly-timed mean the same thing.
Inopportune is especially used in the phrases inopportune moment and inopportune time, meaning the moment that’s least suitable or favorable (for something to happen or be done).
Inopportune is the opposite is opportune, which means appropriate, favorable, or suitable for a particular situation or occasion. It can also mean coming at the right time—timely or well-timed.
Example: The audit was very inopportune—it came at the worst possible time.
Where does inopportune come from?
The first records of the word inopportune come from around 1530. It comes from the Latin inopportūnus. Opportune is first recorded earlier, around 1400, and comes from the Latin opportūnus, meaning “convenient.” The port in opportūnus referred to a seaport—the word originally meant “coming to the harbor and obtaining timely protection.” The prefix in- means “not.”
The word opportunity is based on the same root. The best opportunities come at an opportune time—the time when they can be taken advantage of. An inopportune time is one that’s inconvenient. Inopportunity is a word—it refers to the state or quality of being inopportune, as in I can’t believe the inopportunity of your unannounced visit—can’t you see I already have company?
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What are some other forms related to inopportune?
- inopportunely (adverb)
- inopportuneness (noun)
- inopportunity (noun)
- opportune (adjective)
What are some synonyms for inopportune?
What are some words that share a root or word element with inopportune?
What are some words that often get used in discussing inopportune?
How is inopportune used in real life?
Inopportune is especially used to describe the word time or moment to indicate that it is the worst possible time for something to happen.
My bladder at the most inopportune time: yea you need to empty me
— Big Nas X (@lukeyism) November 19, 2020
If somebody asked me what is my worst habit I would definitely say : laughing at inopportune moments
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— wisconsin is the florida of the north (@_Kalls) December 9, 2013
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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for inopportune?
Example sentences from the Web for inopportune
Some groups outside the Vatican also see him as an inopportune choice.Pope Benedict XVI Appoints Catholic Church’s New Top Cop|Barbie Latza Nadeau|July 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"A gen'man to see you, sah," announced Aunt Fanny at this inopportune moment, and the entomologist was obliged to leave the room.Bee and Butterfly|Lucy Foster Madison
As I am to address you at length at the close of the contest, I shall not now detain you by any inopportune remarks.The Cave by the Beech Fork|Henry S. Spalding
Such is not the case with democracies, whose laws are almost always ineffective, or inopportune.American Institutions and Their Influence|Alexis de Tocqueville et al.