adjective con·ve·nient \kən-ˈvēn-yənt\

Definition of convenient

  1. 1 obsolete :  suitable, proper

  2. 2a :  suited to personal comfort or to easy performance meeting at a convenient timeb :  suited to a particular situation a convenient excusec :  affording accommodation or advantage found it convenient to deal with both problems at the same time

  3. 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 Smith, White 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 Elkin, Harper's, January 1993

  3. … 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

  4. 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 Washington, 1984

  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.

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

First Known Use: 14th century

CONVENIENT Defined for English Language Learners


adjective con·ve·nient \kən-ˈvēn-yənt\

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

  2. 2 :  suited to a certain use convenient tools

  3. 3 :  easy to get to a convenient location



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