Definition of inopportune in English:

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inopportune

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɒpətjuːn/
/ˌɪnɒpəˈtjuːn/

adjective

Occurring at an inconvenient or inappropriate time: a storm blew up at an inopportune moment
More example sentences
  • Firstly, it always happens at the most inopportune moments, and secondly, it's generally about a subject you haven't got a clue about.
  • What next - will we be banned from taking any photograph in any public place just in case a minor happens to walk in front of the lens at an inopportune moment?!
  • When the initial shock wore off I think we all felt a bit cheated that such a huge bombshell should be dropped at such an inopportune moment.
Synonyms
inconvenient, untimely, ill-timed, badly timed, mistimed, inappropriate, unsuitable, inapt, ill-chosen, infelicitous, unfavourable, unfortunate, unpropitious, inauspicious, inexpedient, disadvantageous;
awkward, difficult, troublesome, bothersome, problematic, disruptive, disturbing
archaic unseasonable

Derivatives

inopportunely

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɒpətjuːnli/
/ˌɪnɒpəˈtjuːnli/
adverb
Example sentences
  • And if you stopped waggling your hips in that inopportunely distracting manner, perhaps Derrick could concentrate on something other than sex for a mere five minutes.
  • If they have lost their quasi-central bank status, there are momentous ramifications that will become inopportunely relevant during the next unfolding liquidity/financial crisis.
  • Relief came at last in March: ironically, the first rains arrived inopportunely at grape harvest time in South Australia and Victoria.

inopportuneness

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɒpətjuːnnəs/
/ˌɪnɒpəˈtjuːnnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • It perplexed, as well as shocked her, by the irreverent inopportuneness of the occasions that brought it into vivid action.
  • When the sad news reached Rome, not only was the loss of the man severely felt, but also the inopportuneness of the time when it occurred.

Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin inopportunus, from in- 'not' + opportunus (see opportune).

More
  • importune from mid 16th century:

    Portunus, the name of the god who protected harbours (from portus ‘harbour’), lies behind this word. A lack of the safety and calm associated with his protection is found in this word and in inopportune ‘troublesome, bringing problems’.

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