opportune

[ op-er-toon, -tyoon ]
/ ˌɒp ərˈtun, -ˈtyun /

adjective

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

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)

SYNONYMS FOR opportune

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.

Related forms

Can be confused

opportune opportunistic
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British Dictionary definitions for opportune

opportune

/ (ˈɒpəˌtjuːn) /

adjective

occurring at a time that is suitable or advantageous
fit or suitable for a particular purpose or occurrence

Derived Forms

opportunely, adverbopportuneness, noun

Word Origin for opportune

C15: via Old French from Latin opportūnus, from ob- to + portus harbour (originally: coming to the harbour, obtaining timely protection)
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