con·​ve·​nient kən-ˈvēn-yənt How to pronounce convenient (audio)
: suited to personal comfort or to easy performance
meeting at a convenient time
: suited to a particular situation
a convenient excuse
: affording accommodation or advantage
found it convenient to deal with both problems at the same time
: being near at hand : close
a location convenient to the train station
obsolete : suitable, proper
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. See More
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of convenient was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Convenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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con·​ve·​nient kən-ˈvēn-yənt How to pronounce convenient (audio)
: suited to a person's comfort or easy use
a convenient time
a convenient location
: easy to get to
schools, churches, and stores are all convenient
conveniently adverb

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