inconvenience


1in·con·ve·nience

noun \ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s\

: trouble or problems

: something that causes trouble or problems : something that is inconvenient

Full Definition of INCONVENIENCE

1
:  something that is inconvenient
2
:  the quality or state of being inconvenient

Examples of INCONVENIENCE

  1. I hope this delay doesn't cause you any inconvenience.
  2. Bridge repairs cannot be done without some inconvenience to the public.
  3. Parking in the city can be a major inconvenience.
  4. The delay was an inconvenience.
  5. Needham was sorry to see him go, for although his high-handedness … had caused some inconvenience, his intelligence and courage were of the first water. —Simon Winchester, The Man Who Loved China, 2008

Origin of INCONVENIENCE

Middle English, misfortune, inconsistency, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin inconvenientia, from Latin inconvenient-, inconveniens
First Known Use: 1534

2in·con·ve·nience

transitive verb \ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s\

: to cause trouble or problems for (someone)

in·con·ve·niencedin·con·ve·nienc·ing

Full Definition of INCONVENIENCE

:  to cause problems or trouble for :  subject to inconvenience <sorry to inconvenience you>

Examples of INCONVENIENCE

  1. I wouldn't want to inconvenience you.
  2. We were inconvenienced by the bad weather.
  3. … I could count on one of my aunts to insist that she take me to some far-off corner of Nairobi to find the best bargains, no matter how long the trip took or how much it might inconvenience her. —Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father, (1995) 2004

Origin of INCONVENIENCE

(see 1inconvenience)
First Known Use: circa 1656

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