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opportūnĭtas (obp-), ātis, f. [opportunus].

I. In gen., fitness, convenience, suitableness (class.; syn. occasio; cf.: copia, facultas): loci, local advantages, Caes. B. G. 3, 14: corporis, Cic. Leg. 1, 9, 27: anuli, id. Off. 3, 9, 38: membrorum, id. N D. 1, 33, 92: aetatis, Sall. J. 6, 3.—

II. In partic.

A. A fit, opportune, or favorable time, a favorable opportunity: optimā opportunitate ambo autem venistis, Plaut. Merc. 5, 4, 3; so id. Ep. 2, 2, 19: scientia opportunitatis idoneorum ad agendum temporum, Cic. Off. 1, 40, 142: omni negotio est, Vulg. Eccl. 8, 6.—Personified as a goddess, Opportunity, Plaut. Ps. 2, 3, 3.—

B. An advantage: tales igitur inter viros amicitia tantas opportunitates habet, Cic. Lael. 6, 22. opportunitate aliquā datā, if some advantage offered itself, Caes. B. G. 3, 17.