inconvenience

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

Definition of inconvenience 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is inconvenient

2 : the quality or state of being inconvenient

inconvenience

verb
in·​con·​ve·​nience | \ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s \
inconvenienced; inconveniencing

Definition of inconvenience (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The statement concluded with an apology for the inconvenience. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Vanilla Ice and 500+ Other People Were Trapped on a Quarantined Plane Yesterday," 6 Sep. 2018 United released a statement saying the tires on the Boeing 737 flattened after landing, and the airline apologized to its customers for the inconvenience. Fox News, "United Airlines flight evacuated after tires blow," 28 Aug. 2018 The price of progress, in addition to the $63 million cost, was the eyesore of ongoing construction in the stadium during an underwhelming 2017 season and the inconvenience for Louisville’s players. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Football stadium renovation is a gamechanger for Louisville's program," 29 May 2018 If the weather provided a mild inconvenience for the Yankees, the Mets used their unscheduled day off to reconfigure their rotation. Billy Witz, New York Times, "In New York, Yankees and Mets Take a Snow Day," 2 Apr. 2018 But this year likely will not be totally free of inconveniences. Nanette Lobiondo Galloway, The Seattle Times, "Dune construction causes headaches for shore businesses," 27 Jan. 2018 The show scheduled Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds will have metal detectors at the entrances for the first time, an inconvenience Schwartz said could prevent some people from attending. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gun owners issue challenge to Del Mar exhibit protestors," 13 July 2018 Rain slammed into the southern end of the Houston area Monday morning and the National Weather Service said inconvenience flooding of low-lying areas is possible with the heavy rainfall. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Heavy rains hit Houston for the fourth day in a row," 23 May 2018 And, in some places, the hazards and inconvenience are especially pronounced. Leada Gore, AL.com, "The worst city in Alabama for drivers," 29 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While Ford took care not to inconvenience those around her, Kavanaugh showed up raw, incensed and not too much concerned with interrupting or making the committee uncomfortable. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Christine Blasey Ford's Attempts to Make Everyone Comfortable Is a Burden Women Know Well," 28 Sep. 2018 The state of fluidity inconvenienced thousands of parents, such as LeeAnn Moore, who has two children in the Chandler Unified School District. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "In aftermath of #RedForEd walkout, Arizona teachers vow to continue political activism," 6 May 2018 The troop movements, which will likely inconvenience a few motorists until mid-June, are part of the vast and indefinite NATO operation Atlantic Resolve, which is meant to reinforce the alliance's borders in eastern Europe. Ben Knight, USA TODAY, "German villagers protest massive U.S. military convoy on sleepy roads," 31 May 2018 The delays have inconvenienced tourists, whose reservations can be upset by delays in travel arrangements. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Mechanical issues cause Steamship Authority to cancel two trips Sunday morning," 8 July 2018 There are armies of corporate lobbyists in D.C., working full-time to find and exploit opportunities to roll back rules that inconvenience their paymasters. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Senate Votes to Make American Auto-Lending Racist Again," 18 Apr. 2018 The motorist between Belgium and France is less likely to be inconvenienced than the traveller crossing the Oresund bridge between Copenhagen and Malmo. The Economist, "Europe’s passport-free zone faces a grim future," 21 June 2018 The crowd grew angrier at the prolonged wait for whoever might be going to come outside, their energy mutating from excited to inconvenienced to furious. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "I Also Went to the Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018 Dormer plays Sofia, an accomplished pianist living independently in London, only marginally inconvenienced by her blindness. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "In a role she co-wrote, Natalie Dormer's star power brightens crime thriller 'In Darkness'," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of inconvenience

Noun

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inconvenience

Noun

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

Verb

see inconvenience entry 1

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inconvenience

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inconvenience

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: trouble or problems

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

inconvenience

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inconvenience (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause trouble or problems for (someone)

inconvenience

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

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.

inconvenience

verb
inconvenienced; inconveniencing

Kids Definition of inconvenience (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause difficulties for Will a visit inconvenience you?

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