adjective con·ve·nient \ kən-ˈvēn-yənt \
|Updated on: 6 Aug 2018

Definition of convenient

1 obsolete : suitable, proper
2 a : 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



Examples of convenient in a Sentence

  1. "You know, you have a very convenient way, Alsi, of forgetting what happened two minutes ago." —Zadie SmithWhite Teeth(2000) 2001
  2. 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 ElkinHarper'sJanuary 1993
  3. 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
  4. … 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. TolkienThe Hobbit1937
  5. When is a convenient time for you to meet?

  6. The controls are located in a convenient spot on the dashboard.

  7. It might be more convenient to use a calculator, rather than adding the numbers yourself.

  8. a convenient method of cleaning windows

  9. Schools, churches, and stores are all convenient from here.

  10. The power failure was a convenient excuse to leave work early.

  11. The economic recession gave lawmakers a convenient pretext for passing the bill.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

CONVENIENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of convenient for English Language Learners

  • : 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

CONVENIENT Defined for Kids


adjective con·ve·nient \ kən-ˈvē-nyənt \

Definition of convenient for Students

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



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