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  • 1(of a time) well-chosen or particularly favorable or appropriate.

    ‘he couldn't have arrived at a less opportune moment’
    • ‘The three grants totalling US $7.3 million given to Zambia by Japan could not have come at a more opportune time.’
    • ‘Journalists alarmed by the directions of both the profession and journalism education said the initiative comes at an opportune time.’
    • ‘He also believed it was an opportune time to walk away.’
    • ‘She said it was an opportune time to encourage the formation and growth of small rural-based food enterprises on a regional basis.’
    • ‘This is perhaps the most opportune time to make a beginning.’
    • ‘He believes this to be an opportune time for the further implementation and acceptance of the arts in health care.’
    • ‘With so much bad weather, surely this is an opportune time to sit down and put something together, and who knows, you could be lucky.’
    • ‘If it must be sold, wait for the opportune time in the markets.’
    • ‘I decided that this was the opportune time for me to make my move.’
    • ‘It is therefore an opportune time to review what distinguishes this centre of learning from other universities.’
    • ‘Now this could be an opportune time to have a look at our own railway lines and get a few facts or fallacies cleared up once and for all.’
    • ‘The beginning of the academic year is an opportune time to reflect on education and its role in society.’
    • ‘Now is an opportune time to kick off a pan-national campaign for energy conservation.’
    • ‘It is an opportune time to reduce hazards around your home in the lead up to summer conditions.’
    • ‘So it is an opportune time to consider an investment into the Middle East and North Africa.’
    • ‘According to Cohen, 2001 was an opportune time to launch.’
    • ‘This is an opportune time for nurses to make their voices heard and help design the policies that eventually will affect their nursing practice.’
    • ‘Snake Pilot by Randy Zahn comes along at an opportune time.’
    • ‘We find this an opportune time to write this piece as high stakes testing currently looms large over schools, teachers, and students.’
    • ‘This is an intriguing and opportune time to launch a new journal dedicated to the study of the presidents, first ladies, and White House.’
    auspicious, propitious, favourable, advantageous, heaven-sent, golden, good, right, lucky, happy, fortunate, benign, providential, felicitous
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    1. 1.1Done or occurring at a favorable or useful time; well-timed.
      ‘the opportune use of humor to lower tension’
      • ‘This would facilitate the opportune identification of patients who would benefit from treatment.’
      favourable, auspicious, promising, providential, advantageous, fortunate, lucky, optimistic, bright, happy, rosy, full of promise, heaven-sent, hopeful, beneficial
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/ˌäpərˈto͞on/ /ˌɑpərˈtun/


Late Middle English from Old French opportun(e), from Latin opportunus, from ob- ‘in the direction of’ + portus ‘harbor’, originally describing the wind driving towards the harbor, hence ‘seasonable’.