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Oportunité, Opportunité, n. Also: oportwn-, opertun-, opertwn-, opertoun-, opartun-, op(p)urtun-, oppertun- and -itie, -ittie, -ity, -yté, -ytté, -etie, -atie. [ME. and e.m.E. oportunite (Chaucer), oportunyte (Wyclif), e.m.E. opportunitie (1581), fitness, competency, occasion, chance, opportunity, L. opportūnitas, fitness, fitness of time, an advantage, F. opportunité (13th c. in Hatz.-Darm.).]

1. a. ? Convenience or suitability for something (here, for being seen or being readily accessible). b. ? Fitness, propriety. Wyth-oute [the church] hys bad to ma He set hym and for to se The byschopys oportwnyte; Wynt. v. 3788.
Poetry nowel quha wil red Thare may thai fynd quhow to procede In al matere that suld be Tretit wyth oportunyte; Ib. ix. Prol. 8.

2. Convenience of time or circumstances for some intended action; time, occasion. (1) He … vatit oportunite [E. opertunyte] For to fulfill his mawite; Barb. v. 523.
Opertunytte [v.rr. oportunyte]; Wynt. iii. 749.
Quhen thou hes na lasȝar nor oportunite to remede thy abusion; Compl. 158.
Opportunitie; Hamilton Cat. 226.
Spyand oportunitie and tyme to fullfill hir purpois; Pitsc. I. 17/7.
[Douglas] tairrieit wpoun opertwnitie of tyme to be revengit; Ib. 50/22.
He had suffiecient tyme and oppertunitie to [etc.]; Ib. 51/8.
Opportunetie; 1586 Cal. Sc. P. IX. 150.
(2) To find oportunitie and tyme inserving for edifying and bigging of ane kirk; 1572 Black Bk. Taymouth 416.
(3) & socht opartunyte How that best mycht thane be; Leg. S. xl. 845.
(4) Waitand bot lasare quhen he Mycht purches oportunite; Leg. S. iii. 1000.
Thai thar shype gert hastely Be herbreyt at oportunyte; Troy-bk. i. 210.
And when that he Saw tyme and oportunyte And persaved Troyiens slepand … He shold [etc.]; Ib. ii. 688 (C).
The differens off tyme and ilk seasoun Concordand to oure oportunitie [H. oppertunitie, Bass. opurtunitie]; Henr. Fab. 1676 (Bann.).
Gif he fand oportunite; Boece viii. iv. 257.
Sum ar present in Londoun to awate thé at all passage and oportunite with slauchter; Ib. ix. 268 b.
There for I vil conteneu our querrel and ald fede til ane moir oportunite; Compl. 177/22.
Ane eg … or ane heryng eftyr the season and oportunite; Buch. Wr. 7.
And opertunitie serwant; Pitsc. I. 45/5.
Fra he had obtenit ony tolerance and opportunitie makis he to without delay; Winȝet II. 4/5.
And efter that tyme as Dumbartowne fand opertunatie they did increase ther incroatchments [etc.]; 1666 Glasgow Chart. II. 107.
Oppurtunittie; 1696 Annandale Corr. 319.

b. To get opportunity of, to obtain the means of getting at, to get advantage of. That Janet Paton in Cruick of Devon thought to have gotten opportunity of his body but could not prevail in that; 1662 Soc. Ant. X. 229.

3. An instance of this; a chance or occasion of doing something; an opportunity. Quhen he Saw his oportunyte He sayd [etc.]; Wynt. v. 2094.
Twa men he bad in prewete To wayt ane oportunyte And steyle that barne; Ib. vi. 1224.
Ib. ix. 3282.
I might haif the better oportunyte to rander thayme; 1561–2 Laing MSS. I. 18.
I had not the oportunitie to have communicate … the mater uith your lordship my self; 1565 Facs. Nat. MSS. III. lvi.
Opertounatie; 1654 Fam. Innes 176.
I finde myselfe … to have misemproven good oportunities of Christian fellowship; 1659 Maxwell Mem. I. 369.
Opertunity; ? 1690 Dunlop P. III. 63.

4. ? The taking of occasion to approach or apply to another, or ? erron. for: Importunity. He that makis all his maist seruice He may it tyne with crakis and coyis [sic] In fuliche oportunitie [B. inoportunitie]; Dunb. xv. 23 (M).

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