- unsuitable for some particular purpose
- That was a most inopportune spot for a picnic.
- 1847, Brontë, Charlotte, chapter XVIII, in Jane Eyre:
- "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 install myself here till he returns."
- at an inconvenient or inappropriate time
- The inopportune arrival of the bus cut short the interesting conversation.
- 1962 October, G. Freeman Allen, “The New Look in Scotland's Northern Division—II”, in Modern Railways, page 170:
- The object is to keep the yard operators apprised of main-line movements, so that they do not plan to occupy the main lines with activity into or out of the yard at an inopportune juncture.
- (unsuitable for some particular purpose): inappropriate, unfit; see also Thesaurus:unsuitable
- (at an inconvenient or inappropriate time): ill-timed, untimely; see also Thesaurus:untimely
- (all): opportune
- (unsuitable for some particular purpose): appropriate, fitting; see also Thesaurus:suitable
- (at an inconvenient or inappropriate time): timely; see also Thesaurus:timely
unsuitable for some particular purpose
at an inconvenient or inappropriate time
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inopportune f pl