Antonyms for opportunity

Grammar : Noun
Spell : op-er-too-ni-tee, -tyoo-
Phonetic Transcription : ˌɒp ərˈtu nɪ ti, -ˈtyu-

Definition of opportunity

Origin :
  • late 14c., from Old French opportunite (13c.) and directly from Latin opportunitatem (nominative opportunitas) "fitness, convenience, suitableness, favorable time," from opportunus (see opportune). Opportunity cost attested from 1911. Expression opportunity knocks but once (at any man's door) attested from 1898.
  • noun lucky chance; favorable circumstances
Example sentences :
  • Moreover, she will never again have opportunity to exert influence over me.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Kate and Harry, meanwhile, awaited their opportunity to go in and visit Aunt Jane.
  • Extract from : « Malbone » by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • We have not had an opportunity of hearing of Mr. Barlee, or what he has done since he was in Adelaide.
  • Extract from : « Explorations in Australia » by John Forrest
  • No one justly may deny the equality of opportunity which made us what we are.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • But he is now gone where he will scarcely have the opportunity even of such conversation.
  • Extract from : « The Grand Old Man » by Richard B. Cook
  • It is only to be hoped that they will never have the opportunity.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 » by Various
  • Our destiny offers, not the cup of despair, but the chalice of opportunity.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • I must break off here, but will continue the subject the very first opportunity.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • He was seeking his opportunity to punish him for the rash utterance.
  • Extract from : « The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage » by Charles G. D. Roberts
  • We only know they are truer because we are so much nearer the truth than they had the opportunity to come.
  • Extract from : « The Conquest of Fear » by Basil King

Synonyms for opportunity

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