con·ve·nient | \kən-ˈvēn-yənt \

Definition of convenient 

1 obsolete : suitable, proper

2a : suited to personal comfort or to easy performance meeting at a convenient time

b : suited to a particular situation a convenient excuse

c : affording accommodation or advantage found it convenient to deal with both problems at the same time

3 : being near at hand : close a location convenient to the train station

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Other Words from convenient

conveniently adverb

Examples of convenient in a Sentence

"You know, you have a very convenient way, Alsi, of forgetting what happened two minutes ago." — Zadie Smith, White Teeth, (2000) 2001 It was more convenient to take my meals in bed, where all I had to do was push away my tray with its uneaten food and fall back upon my pillows … — Stanley Elkin, Harper's, January 1993 The Horses I would have you send to some good pasture … if you can find one convenient. — George Washington 10 May 1756, in The Papers of George Washington1984 … at last, after a dreadful struggle in a difficult place where there seemed to be no convenient branches at all, he got near the top. — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937 When is a convenient time for you to meet? The controls are located in a convenient spot on the dashboard. It might be more convenient to use a calculator, rather than adding the numbers yourself. a convenient method of cleaning windows Schools, churches, and stores are all convenient from here. The power failure was a convenient excuse to leave work early. The economic recession gave lawmakers a convenient pretext for passing the bill.
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Outside, a flip down table and a pass-through cabinet make life on the road a little more convenient, and a large awning provides shade. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 Plus, Joe Donnelly is pro-life; as is Joe Manchin — at least, whenever claiming that identity is politically convenient. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Fate of Abortion Rights in America May Now Lie With These Senators," 27 June 2018 Carmel resident Jody Magee said the O'Malia and Merchants Square Marsh were each a couple miles from her home in Williamson Run along 106th Street, making shopping convenient. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel seeks to solve surprising problem: city has no grocery stores on its east side," 5 July 2018 However, as a recent The New York Times report has brought to light, the convenient squeeze pouches found in everyone's diaper bags might also teach children unhealthy food habits when they're used as a crutch instead of a treat. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "You're Probably Feeding Your Kids Too Many Food Pouches, Say Pediatricians," 3 July 2018 The new option may make one-off credit card purchases more convenient. Adam Vaccaro,, "Commuter rail will accept credit cards onboard trains," 27 June 2018 None of this stuff is required, of course, but these eight items (and one podcast) will make your sweaty sessions and post-yoga routines more convenient. Blanca Myers, WIRED, "From Mats to Hoodies, 9 Ways to Elevate Your Yoga Practice," 24 June 2018 Over the years, Texas has worked to increase juror participation rates by making jury service more convenient. Jeff Brown, star-telegram, "Too many Texans dodge jury duty | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 3 May 2018 Whole Foods shoppers can buy Amazon hardware and Amazon is creating ways to make the Whole Foods shopping experience a bit more convenient. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Amazon Is Prepping These Whole Foods Discounts for Prime Members," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of convenient

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for convenient

Middle English, from Latin convenient-, conveniens, from present participle of convenire to assemble, come together, be suitable, from com- + venire to come — more at come

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English Language Learners Definition of convenient

: allowing you to do something easily or without trouble

: located in a place that is nearby and easy to get to

: giving you a reason to do something that you want to do


con·ve·nient | \kən-ˈvē-nyənt \

Kids Definition of convenient

1 : suited to a person's comfort or ease a convenient time a convenient house

2 : suited to a certain use convenient tools

3 : easy to get to a convenient location

Other Words from convenient

conveniently adverb

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