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in- +‎ opportune.

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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, Charlotte Brontë, 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."
  2. Happening/occurring 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.

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  1. feminine singular of inopportun

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inopportune f pl

  1. feminine plural of inopportuno

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  1. vocative masculine singular of inopportūnus