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They launched their company at an opportune time.
  good circumstances for a particular purpose — especially the circumstance of timing
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opportunistic opportune opportunism inopportune opportunely
Strongly Associated with:   opportunistic, opportunist
Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...
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  • They launched their company at an opportune time.
  • During the rare, inopportune social moments when I found myself squeezed between black and white, I fled to the black side,
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • How do you get rid of a girl who blunders into your hideout at the most inopportune moment, claiming to be the long-lost daughter of the Lioness?
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • It was a gross, tasteless thing to say—my brain had been burping up such inappropriate thoughts at inopportune moments.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • He wished he wouldn’t think about blood at inopportune times.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • It’s a really bad trait and I hate it because I do it at the most inopportune moments and it’s embarrassing.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I have no sense of balance or coordination, and I have a hand that likes to randomly lose its grip at inopportune times.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • "Well, I’d be most willing to oblige you, Chuckie, but it happens you’ve chosen a rather inopportune moment."
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Such a visit was, indeed, opportune.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The cruelty of fate, however, did not allow Rudy Steiner to enter the kitchen at the opportune moment.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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  • But I was pathetic, a blundering liability to my own team, always in the way of an opportune pass or unwittingly blocking an open lane.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Something always drew him toward those richer and more powerful than himself and he had rare skill in seizing the most opportune moment for making use of people.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • DE GUICHE (carelessly knotting on his scarf): ’tis opportune.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • ’Joseph is here,’ I answered, catching opportunely the roll of his cartwheels up the road; ’and Heathcliff will come in with him.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The clock struck opportunely.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Melanie wasn’t much given to giggling, but Pet had been, and her body betrayed me at this most inopportune moment.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • She began well, thanks to a silent reminder that came to her unexpectedly, but most opportunely.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • There was nothing in his voice, no sorrow or pleasure, but Clary could not help but wonder what hidden glee he might feel at having so opportunely lucked into an effective bargaining chip.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • But they were both happily relieved by the opportune appearance of Mike, the client with the fur cap and the habit of wiping his nose on his sleeve, whom I had seen on the very first day of my appearance within those walls.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He was a famous story-teller; after I had acquired language he used to spell clumsily into my hand his cleverest anecdotes, and nothing pleased him more than to have me repeat them at an opportune moment.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • In the course of business she could find many opportune times for conversations without it appearing to anyone that she was seeking him out.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • If there was one thing she had learned early on about the dead particularly the old dead it was that they were extraordinarily rude, popping up at the most inopportune and inappropriate moments.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • So it is not surprising to find that so many accusations against people are in the handwriting of Thomas Putnam, or that his name is so often found as a witness corroborating the supernatural testimony, or that his daughter led the crying-out at the most opportune junctures of the trials, especially when—But we’ll speak of that when we come to it.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • We think he spots them a day or two before and waits and watches from nearby for an opportune moment.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Although in one instance the bearers of not good tidings, Mr. and Mrs. Weston’s visit this morning was in another respect particularly opportune.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • That you may and very opportunely.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It seems to me that this would be the most opportune moment.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Sato began dialing a number on her BlackBerry, apparently seeing this as an opportune moment to check in with her staff.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • "It appears I come at an inopportune time, madam," said he, "when my friend, Mr. Rochester, is from home; but I arrive from a very long journey, and I think I may presume so far on old and intimate acquaintance as to instal myself here till he returns."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The noise of Charley’s laughter, and the voice of Miss Betsy, who opportunely arrived to throw water over her friend, and perform other feminine offices for the promotion of her recovery, might have kept many people awake under more happy circumstances than those in which Oliver was placed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The ship just opportunely came apart?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Thus far the knowledge of Heyward assisted him in the explanation; and as he now knew that the interruption was caused by the unlooked-for return of a successful war-party, every disagreeable sensation was quieted in inward congratulation, for the opportune relief and insignificance it conferred on himself.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • How foolish and inopportune that mistletoe looked now.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • In it she informed Alyosha of a strange and very opportune incident.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • An opportune double knock at the door, which I knew well from old experience in Windsor Terrace, and which nobody but Mr. Micawber could ever have knocked at that door, resolved any doubt in my mind as to their being my old friends.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • That summer the rains had been so many and opportune that it was almost more than Shabata and his man could do to keep up with the corn; the orchard was a neglected wilderness.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • She remembered the long relationship, crowded with the wreckage of exhumed conversations, of fancied slights, of inopportune confidences, of charges of neglect and exclusion (but she must have been mad that day; she remembered beating upon the table).
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • She had been dominated by distress and the enthusiastic forces of relief which Drouet represented at an opportune moment when she yielded to him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Arcadio, had seen her many times working in her parents’ small food store but he had never taken a good look at her because she had that rare virtue of never existing completely except at the opportune moment.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "That would be unlucky," said Mrs. Tulliver, entering thoroughly into the possibility of an inopportune decease.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • As I hope For quiet days, fair issue, and long life, With such love as ’tis now, the murkiest den, The most opportune place, the strong’st suggestion Our worser genius can, shall never melt Mine honour into lust, to take away The edge of that day’s celebration, When I shall think, or Phoebus’ steeds are founder’d, Or Night kept chain’d below.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • And now perhaps would be an opportune moment to realize the consequences of your gallantry towards this lady.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Such questions, at such an hour, were bound to drift through his mind; but he was conscious that their uncomfortable persistence and precision were due to the inopportune arrival of the Countess Olenska.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She was hitting a naughty child who had been stealing chocolates at an inopportune moment.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • After three days of favorable water, however, it became more difficult to navigate between inopportune sandbanks and deceptive rapids.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • What was it that made her start back, and gaze upon him for a moment, and then on the ground at her feet, and make as if she would faint on his arm, had he not by opportunely treading on her toes, brought the young lady back to self-control?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • She asked herself whether the present moment, now that she was a free woman again, were not as opportune a one as she would find in a world where everything had been so inopportune, for making a desperate effort to advance Elizabeth.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • This you may know, And so deliver,—I am put to sea With her, whom here I cannot hold on shore; And, most opportune to her need, I have A vessel rides fast by, but not prepar’d For this design.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • She knew that Carry Fisher was right: that an opportune absence might be the first step toward rehabilitation, and that, at any rate, to linger on in town out of season was a fatal admission of defeat.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • I thus thought it opportune to relate at this point, as precisely as possible, what had taken place earlier between myself and Lord Darlington.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
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