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

Follow the probabilities and put up with the inconvenience. Sean Illing, Vox, "A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem," 14 Aug. 2018 Ideally, if you are tempted to do less for others out of inconvenience to yourself, your inner voice will also reassure and provide support. Liz Reyer, The Seattle Times, "How to take on someone who says sexist and demeaning things at work," 25 Mar. 2019 Last Man Standing is a show that treats politics as a minor inconvenience, not something that could legitimately affect the lives of its well-off, white, cisgender, straight characters. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "How will the revived Last Man Standing tackle Trump?," 3 Aug. 2018 But for some businesses, cash represents an expensive, risky inconvenience that’s not worth the bother. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Card-Only Businesses Have Swiped Away Cash-Paying Customers," 15 Jan. 2019 Investing in a new heating system also reduces the chances that your furnace or water heater breaks down — a serious inconvenience any time during the year, but a real danger during a major winter storm. The Seattle Times, "Warm up for winter with expert advice on home improvements," 16 Oct. 2018 Photo: Ashwa Faheem for The Wall Street Journal For Katya Viola, a 32-year-old office receptionist from Sicily, these were minor inconveniences. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Maldives, a Destination for the 1%, Chases the Backpacker Buck," 10 Feb. 2019 So far, the public and federal workers have largely been spared inconvenience and hardship because government is closed on weekends and federal employees were excused from work on Christmas Eve and Christmas, a federal holiday. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact," 25 Dec. 2018 Big congestion often means big inconvenience and higher cost at airports, but ATL and DFW overcame their size disadvantage. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Best of the Biggest U.S. Airports," 14 Nov. 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

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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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15 May 2019

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More Definitions for inconvenience

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 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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