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

Definition of inconvenience

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of inconvenience (Entry 2 of 2)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because all my period had come to mean was an inconvenience. Kole Fulmine,, 20 July 2022 For those with the means to stay cool indoors, these kinds of temperatures are an inconvenience. Drew Kann, ajc, 23 June 2022 For many Americans, encountering a train is merely an inconvenience. New York Times, 2 May 2022 The crabs are an inconvenience to residents but the sight of their road-crossing is a wonder for tourists and other first-time onlookers. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 In comparison, losing an octocopter is an inconvenience. David Axe, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Besides inconvenience, passengers are already paying for the shortage with higher airfares and more tightly packed aircraft — and will continue to do so in the months and years ahead — as airlines consolidate traffic into as few flights as possible. Geoff Murray, CNN, 19 July 2022 Usually, 401k funds are all given together, causing inconvenience; however, IRA has several payout choices, giving more estate planning benefits. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2022 Ford spokesman Said Deep told the Free Press Friday that the company is aware the recalls cause inconvenience and concern. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For elderly immigrants in particular, language barriers precluded them from accessing social services, and their own reticence to inconvenience people with their needs kept them silent. Karissa Chen, Bon Appétit, 31 May 2022 Visits by honeybees can inconvenience the hummingbirds at times, especially in the morning at feeders that better accommodate the bees. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2022 There are fewer pedestrians and cyclists, and fewer people to inconvenience if the car gets confused and blocks traffic. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 8 Feb. 2022 In January, Macron used a pungent epithet to describe his desire to isolate and inconvenience those who refuse to be vaccinated. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Expelling Russia would severely inconvenience nations like Germany, which rely on the system to buy Russian natural gas and oil exports. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 Long anticipated but nonetheless dreaded, the 56-hour closure of Interstate 10 in Boerne this weekend will inconvenience drivers but allow Texas Department of Transportation crews to demolish the old Texas 46 overpass. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Feb. 2022 For many on the political left, racial progress is something to be played down or ignored altogether, and nothing seems to inconvenience them more than the incredible strides America has made in recent decades on voting rights. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Business owners forced workers to stay on the job, often in dangerous, unsanitary conditions, without protective gear, sick leave, or other protections that would cost money or inconvenience the capitalist class. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inconvenience


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inconvenience

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of inconvenience was in 1534

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in·​con·​ve·​nience | \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyəns How to pronounce inconvenience (audio) \

Kids Definition of inconvenience

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


inconvenienced; inconveniencing

Kids Definition of inconvenience (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause difficulties for Will a visit inconvenience you?

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