Importunity vs Opportunity - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between importunity and opportunity

is that importunity is (obsolete) unseasonableness; an unsuitable or inappropriate time while opportunity is a chance for advancement, progress or profit.




  • (obsolete) Unseasonableness; an unsuitable or inappropriate time.
  • A constant and insistent demanding.
  • Quotations

    * 1602 : , act 1 scene 3 lines 28-29-30-31 *: Then weigh what loss your honour may sustain *: If with too credent ear you list his songs *: Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open *: To his unmastered importunity . * 1611 : , Luke 11:8 *: I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. * 1766, *: Still, however, being surrounded with importunity , and no longer able to satisfy every request that was made him, instead of money he gave promises.



  • A chance for advancement, progress or profit.
  • Having a holiday is a great opportunity to relax.
    I wanted to become a professional, but because of my financial situation there were no opportunities .
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  • A favorable circumstance or occasion.
  • Derived terms

    * business opportunity * the ladder of opportunity * Land of Opportunity * equal opportunity * photo opportunity * opportunity cost * when opportunity knocks