inconvenience

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noun

in·​con·​ve·​nience ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s How to pronounce inconvenience (audio)
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: something that is inconvenient
2
: the quality or state of being inconvenient

inconvenience

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verb

in·​con·​ve·​nience ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s How to pronounce inconvenience (audio)
inconvenienced; inconveniencing

transitive verb

: to cause problems or trouble for : subject to inconvenience
sorry to inconvenience you

Examples of inconvenience in a Sentence

Noun 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 Winchester, The Man Who Loved China, 2008
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 Smiley, Good Faith, 2003
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 Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960
I hope this delay doesn't cause you any inconvenience. Bridge repairs cannot be done without some inconvenience to the public. Parking in the city can be a major inconvenience. The delay was an inconvenience. Verb … 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 Obama, Dreams from My Father, (1995) 2004
Medieval manuscripts are turgid with abbreviations, which favor the copyist although they inconvenience the reader. Walter J. Ong, Orality and Literacy, (1982) 2002
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 McPhee, New Yorker, 22 Feb. 1988
I wouldn't want to inconvenience you. We were inconvenienced by the bad weather.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The only inconvenience with this model is its lack of object avoidance technology. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 1 Mar. 2024 The uncertainty surrounding the return on investment (ROI) in EV charging infrastructure often hampers the expansion of charging networks, which, in turn, creates inconveniences for residents. Mohammad Akhlaghi, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Sea Lions players have seemingly shrugged off the inconvenience, the team rising from 24th to sixth in the NCAA Division II national rankings since the season began. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Feb. 2024 This lowers the cost and the inconvenience of the procedure. Andrea Kane, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 In a letter to family and friends obtained by PEOPLE, Carl announced the news and apologized for any confusion or inconvenience the change of plans may have caused. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 24 Feb. 2024 Understanding what causes heartburn may be helpful in avoiding the discomfort and inconvenience of experiencing it too often. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 But is the sparing of that inconvenience worth the risks that still remain? Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 22 Feb. 2024 Along with that, went the thinking, people seeking pot for pleasurable pursuit no longer had to endure the inconvenience of going to a doctor and citing a physical ailment to get a medical recommendation to legally light up a joint. Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024
Verb
People trying to bypass Baltimore will be inconvenienced, and people who live there will be unnecessarily burdened, but there will also be workarounds and adaptation. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 Two Madonna fans filed a federal lawsuit against the iconic performer on Wednesday, accusing her of showing up hours late at a show last month and needlessly inconveniencing concertgoers. David K. Li, NBC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Many industries invite overregulation, which inconveniences existing companies but devastates newcomers — even in the milk market. Daryl James, National Review, 17 Mar. 2024 Two Miami Beach hotel workers who were granted the exemption said the city’s changes still inconvenienced them by making parking more competitive. Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald, 8 Mar. 2024 Choice One potential solution is to eliminate door-to-door delivery altogether, but this could inconvenience recipients and increase shipping costs. Simon Seeger, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 That could include some negative feelings over someone else’s relationship to food inconveniencing you. Betsy Andrews, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 Some people find that the condition limits everyday activities like getting around the home or office, and athletes can be especially inconvenienced as shin splints often require putting many of their physical activities completely on hold. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 27 Jan. 2024 But its response is to inconvenience customers rather than beef up HP printers to be invulnerable to remote code execution via ink cartridges. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inconvenience was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Inconvenience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconvenience. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

inconvenience

1 of 2 noun
in·​con·​ve·​nience ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s How to pronounce inconvenience (audio)
1
: something that is inconvenient
2
: the quality or state of being inconvenient

inconvenience

2 of 2 verb
inconvenienced; inconveniencing
: to cause discomfort to : put to trouble
inconvenienced by the bad weather

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