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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OPPORTUNE

It is not my fault, Bella, the opportune gentleman don't come!

If it be a loan, Seor, I fear that the time is not opportune.

He was the mountain peddler, and to-day, at least, his visit was opportune.

Hagthorpe announced at once that the proposal was opportune.

For, whatever it may have been to others, to us your raid upon Barbados was most opportune.

This popular display of temper was most opportune to his need, he thought.

Now may God bless this fool for the most opportune of traitors!

Who else but Rosa Lemont could have been so opportune and so effective in her action?

This hour so opportune was also most inopportune,—such sorrow at home!

But how in the world did you happen to appear at such an opportune moment?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, from Old French opportun and directly from Latin opportunus "fit, convenient, suitable, favorable," from the phrase ob portum veniens "coming toward a port," in reference to the wind, from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + portus "harbor" (see port (n.1)). Related: Opportunely.

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