inconvenience

noun
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

inconvenience

verb
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

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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 keys were not in the car, so the dealership had to get a new set made, costing about $200, which turned out to be a minor inconvenience compared to the prospect of losing a $13,000 car. David K. Li, NBC News, "Prospective car buyer takes Toyota out for test drive — and never comes back," 8 Jan. 2020 Deal with the inconvenience of removing them from your display to water them every other day by using ice cubes as the in-week watering mechanism. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to keep your holiday plants going past Christmas," 26 Dec. 2019 Some kind of a corrupt quid pro quo (hoping no one notices the inconvenience that Trump didn’t get the quo while Ukraine is counting its 391 million quid)? Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Impeachment Eye Test," 7 Dec. 2019 Every eccentricity, every mechanical oddity, every inconvenience of the Dreamcast generation of videogames is here, fully intact. Wired, "Shenmue III Defies All Expectations—in a Good Way, Mostly," 26 Nov. 2019 In a statement, the company apologized for any inconvenience. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Taco Bell pulls beef from some stores on quality concerns," 12 Oct. 2019 According to a Laguna city staff report, the low ridership numbers can partially be explained by the popularity of ride-sharing apps, a national downward trend in transit ridership and the inconvenience of the trolley’s schedule. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Laguna council decides to scrap year-round extended weekend neighborhood trolley service," 19 Sep. 2019 The main reasons for not using a sun umbrella were the understandable desire to keep their hands free, the inconvenience of using one, and, significantly, not having thought about it before. Jonathan Coopersmith, Quartzy, "Americans are not using umbrellas as they were intended," 14 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, for the thousands of riders who use Lechmere, the price of progress will be a lengthy inconvenience. BostonGlobe.com, "Moving the Lechmere station across the O’Brien is a crucial step in the $2.3 billion project to extend the Green Line to Somerville and Medford, to align the new stop with the right-of-way that will carry trolleys further north.," 22 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kathy Stecher Upland :: So sorry you were inconvenienced, Mr. James, but the fight against oppression doesn’t depend on your schedule. Los Angeles Times, "Letters: Look like the rare time where LeBron James made the wrong play," 18 Oct. 2019 The outages, which Pacific Gas & Electric said are expected to last several days, have inconvenienced residents and hurt businesses. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Why Californians are furious at the utility company PG&E," 10 Oct. 2019 Like so many others across the state, Madigan was inconvenienced in small ways and big by the outages, which were designed to stop power lines from potentially sparking blazes amid high winds and may extend into next week. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "From Santa Rosa to the Sierra, PG&E outages bring anxiety, inconvenience and anger," 9 Oct. 2019 The highway’s full reopening will require overnight single-lane closures, with eastbound U.S. 36 drivers inconvenienced Tuesday night and westbound traffic affected Wednesday night. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "U.S. 36 eastbound lanes will reopen next week — less than 3 months after highway collapse," 27 Sep. 2019 The goal of the tool is to help connecting customers while not inconveniencing others. Adrienne Jordan, USA TODAY, "United Airlines will now hold planes for connecting flyers – thanks to new tool," 11 June 2019 But inconveniencing fans is the norm in sports these days, and boxing is no exception. Tim Dahlberg, The Denver Post, "Dahlberg: Fans get played as boxing takes back seat to UFC," 5 Nov. 2019 The shutdown in late June inconvenienced users and businesses, stoked dissatisfaction with prime minister Abiy Ahmed’s reformist administration, and disrupted the ability of journalists to verify information. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "The miscalculations African governments keep making with social media and internet blocks," 3 Oct. 2019 The closings were criticized not just for preventing participation in authorized protests, but also for inconveniencing other rail users. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Officer Fires Shot, and Police Use Water Cannons at Protest," 25 Aug. 2019

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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 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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Last Updated

23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inconvenience.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconvenience. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for inconvenience

inconvenience

noun
How to pronounce inconvenience (audio)

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
How to pronounce inconvenience (audio)

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 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.

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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