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 (ŏp′ər-to͞on′, -tyo͞on′)
1. Suited or right for a particular purpose: an opportune place to make camp.
2. Occurring at a fitting or advantageous time: an opportune arrival.

[Middle English, from Old French opportun, from Latin opportūnus, from ob portum (veniēns), (coming) toward port : ob, to; see ob- + portum, accusative of portus, harbor; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

op′por·tune′ly adv.
op′por·tune′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.opportunely - at an opportune time; "he arrived rather opportunely just when we needed a new butler"
inopportunely, malapropos - at an inconvenient time; "he arrived inopportunely just as we sat down for dinner"; "she answered malapropos"
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[ˈɒpətjuːnlɪ] ADV [remark, intervene] → oportunamente; [arrive, call] → en un momento oportuno


advgelegen, günstig, opportun (geh); remarkan passender Stelle


[ˈɒpəˌtjuːnlɪ] advopportunamente


(əˈpəunənt) noun
a person who opposes. an opponent of the government; He beat his opponent by four points.
opporˈtune adjective
coming at the right time. an opportune remark.
opporˈtunely adverb
opporˈtuneness noun
opportunism noun
opporˈtunist noun
a person who takes advantage of any circumstance which will help him personally. a political opportunist.
References in classic literature ?
Joseph is here,' I answered, catching opportunely the roll of his cartwheels up the road; 'and Heathcliff will come in with him.
Though my Wife entered the room opportunely just at that moment, I decided, after we had exchanged a few words of commonplace conversation, not to begin with her.
Naseby to blow his nose and shake her hard by the hand; and then, the horse arriving opportunely, to get himself without delay into the saddle and canter off.
The young men congratulated themselves on having arrived so opportunely.
said Charlotte, removing her hat, and exhibiting a head of hair that opportunely fell in rich profusion over her shoulders, so as to conceal the unusual flush on her, ordinarily, pale cheek.
He had barely time to regain his feet, and to conceal the hole with the bedclothes, across which Benjamin very opportunely fell, before the key was turned, and the door of the apartment opened.
At this moment Raoul opportunely arrived, seeing how De Guiche was pressed by his dangerous questioner, to whom he addressed a remark, and in that way changed the conversation.
I began to walk slowly round, therefore, feeling in every direction to find out what this strange place could be into which I had been so opportunely precipitated.
she enquired; and, the doctor having opportunely modified her dietary, the stroke was transformed into an attack of indigestion.
Therefore I proposed to the children that they should come in and be very good at my table, and I would tell them the story of Little Red Riding Hood while I dressed; which they did, and were as quiet as mice, including Peepy, who awoke opportunely before the appearance of the wolf.
I think I must have stepped over a grateful fairy at that moment, for who else could have reminded me so opportunely of my famous manipulation of the eyebrows, forgotten since I was in the fifth form?
It happened opportunely, that Boxer, without receiving the proposed stimulus, began to bark with great zeal.