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

Delays may be more than just an inconvenience to both parties, though. Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Final walk-through of home a must before you sign on dotted line," 6 Apr. 2018 And with California's recent drought, many meteorologists are saying that, in the grand scheme of things, Mother Nature's deluge was a welcome relief for the land, though certainly a massive inconvenience for its citizens. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "13 Incredible Photos From The Bay Area Storm," 12 Dec. 2014 Don’t write off weeks of sleeplessness as just an inconvenience, and please don’t try to manage this with medications without talking to a medical professional. Yvette D'entremont, SELF, "I'm a Scientist With Insomnia So I Researched How to Actually Get Better Sleep," 28 Nov. 2018 This inconvenience, coupled with the knowledge that Fortnite cross-play was possible — Epic turned it on by accident more than once — made the public turn on Sony. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite cross-play on PS4 ushers in a new era of the console wars," 26 Sep. 2018 Time and time again, our peers have cited inconvenience, lack of access to resources, or a feeling of being overwhelmed as reasons to not be politically active. Kate Griem, Teen Vogue, "Teens Resist Was Created by High Schoolers to Help Youth Engagement in Politics," 24 Aug. 2018 But what for most of us is a mild inconvenience is for Kattan a lightbulb moment for a glam competition. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Huda Kattan Announces Her Elevator Makeup Challenge With a Prize of $5,000," 18 July 2018 While the particular combination of discomfort and inconvenience caused by UTIs is miserable, the treatment is fortunately easy and effective. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "This Is Why You Keep Getting UTIs After Sex," 13 Aug. 2018 Many parents have spoken out in support of teachers, though some acknowledge the inconvenience of needing alternative child-care plans. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "When Teachers Strike, Parents Face Dilemma," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The video shows empty tables, so customers were not being inconvenienced by their presence. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Before video of a Starbucks arrest, images of lunch counter sit-ins helped launch a movement," 17 Apr. 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inconvenience.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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