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inconvenience

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noun in·con·ve·nience \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s \

Definition of inconvenience

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

Examples of inconvenience in a Sentence

  1. 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 WinchesterThe Man Who Loved China2008
  2. Any wish or even longing I might have to see her produced no results; sometimes when she showed up it was actually inconvenient, but frustrated longing and inconvenience both ended the same way … —Jane SmileyGood Faith2003
  3. Jem knew as well as I that it was difficult to walk fast without stumping a toe, tripping on stones, and other inconveniences, and I was barefooted. —Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird1960
  4. I hope this delay doesn't cause you any inconvenience.

  5. Bridge repairs cannot be done without some inconvenience to the public.

  6. Parking in the city can be a major inconvenience.

  7. The delay was an inconvenience.

Recent Examples of inconvenience from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of inconvenience

Middle English, misfortune, inconsistency, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin inconvenientia, from Latin inconvenient-, inconveniens


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inconvenience

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verb in·con·ve·nience \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s \

Definition of inconvenience

inconvenienced; inconveniencing
transitive verb
:to cause problems or trouble for :subject to inconvenience
  • sorry to inconvenience you

Examples of inconvenience in a Sentence

  1. … 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 ObamaDreams from My Father(1995) 2004
  2. Medieval manuscripts are turgid with abbreviations, which favor the copyist although they inconvenience the reader. —Walter J. OngOrality and Literacy(1982) 2002
  3. The work was inconvenienced by the time of year, there being only about three hours of natural light per day, but the pyroclastic spectacle made the darkness photogenic. —John McPheeNew Yorker22 Feb. 1988
  4. I wouldn't want to inconvenience you.

  5. We were inconvenienced by the bad weather.

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Origin and Etymology of inconvenience


INCONVENIENCE Defined for English Language Learners

inconvenience

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Definition of inconvenience for English Language Learners

  • : trouble or problems

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


inconvenience

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verb

Definition of inconvenience for English Language Learners

  • : to cause trouble or problems for (someone)


INCONVENIENCE Defined for Kids

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inconvenience

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noun in·con·ve·nience \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyəns \

Definition of inconvenience for Students

1 :trouble or difficulty :lack of convenience
  • The delay caused great inconvenience.
2 :something that causes trouble or difficulty
  • These changes are such an inconvenience.

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inconvenience

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Definition of inconvenience for Students

inconvenienced; inconveniencing
:to cause difficulties for
  • Will a visit inconvenience you?


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