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Etymology

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From Latin inopportūnus.[1] By surface analysis, in- +‎ opportune.

Adjective

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inopportune (comparative more inopportune, superlative most inopportune)

  1. Unsuitable for some particular purpose.
    That was a most inopportune spot for a picnic.
    • 1847 October 16, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], chapter III, in Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. [], volume II, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., [], →OCLC, page 77:
      "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."
  2. Happening/occurring at an inconvenient or inappropriate time.
    The inopportune arrival of the bus cut short the interesting conversation.
    • 1962 October, G[eoffrey] 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.

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References

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  1. ^ inopportune, adj.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

French

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Adjective

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inopportune

  1. feminine singular of inopportun

Italian

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Adjective

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inopportune f pl

  1. feminine plural of inopportuno

Latin

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Adjective

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inopportūne

  1. vocative masculine singular of inopportūnus