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Definition favorable circumstances for a particular purpose — especially the circumstance of good timing
  • They launched their company at an opportune time.
opportune = favorable
  • With concern raised by the recent tragedy, this is an opportune time to introduce the legislation.
  • opportune = favorable
  • It perplexed, as well as shocked her, by the irreverent inopportuneness of the occasions that brought it into vivid action.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • inopportuneness = inappropriateness (bad circumstances)
  • 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
  • inopportune = bad circumstances
  • But that perversity, which all children have more or less of, and of which little Pearl had a tenfold portion, now, at the most inopportune moment, took thorough possession of her, and closed her lips, or impelled her to speak words amiss.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • inopportune = bad
  • Individuals of wiser faith, indeed, who knew that Heaven promotes its purposes without aiming at the stage-effect of what is called miraculous interposition, were inclined to see a providential hand in Roger Chillingworth's so opportune arrival.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • opportune = timely or advantageous
  • The attack upon the Maeterlinck school could not have been made at a more opportune moment.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • an opportune place to make camp
  • Weston's visit this morning was in another respect particularly opportune.
    Austen, Jane  --  Emma
  • What I would emphasise is, that under the head of Pride your sister is a great and opportune example to you.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • Your coming to our house is, in no respect, opportune.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • If Lady Lydiard had been actually in league with him, she could not have chosen a more opportune time for her visit.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  My Lady's Money
  • "Your entrance," she murmured, "was most opportune, besides being very welcome."
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • an opportune arrival
  • An opportune belt of shrubs that ran from the gate adjoining the road to a point not far from the house gave him just the cover he needed.
    Wodehouse, Pelham Grenville  --  Uneasy Money
  • He then sallied out in quest of him, and very opportunely left the lovers to enjoy a few tender minutes alone.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • 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
  • Time, the continual vicissitude of circumstances, and the invariable inopportunity of death, render it impossible.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • And now perhaps would be an opportune moment to realize the consequences of your gallantry towards this lady.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Ann, musing on Violet's opportune advice, approaches Tanner; examines him humorously for a moment from toe to top; and finally delivers her opinion.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman

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