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 Dandruff may be a cosmetic inconvenience that many people dread, but cats can suffer from this condition as well. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Don’t brush off feline dandruff," 7 July 2020 In a video message posted to Facebook on Friday, Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen noted the spiraling numbers and, while acknowledging the inconvenience of masks, said North Texans need to take precautions to get control of the outbreak. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Despite health warnings and governor’s plea, Fourth of July revelers flock to Dallas-area lakeshores," 4 July 2020 But a steadily growing body of evidence shows that the mild inconvenience of wearing a mask is dwarfed by its public health benefits, and that arguments to the contrary fall flat. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 lies and a truth about face masks during the coronavirus pandemic," 30 June 2020 But with Muni service severely diminished, city leaders seem to agree that at this moment the benefits outweigh the inconvenience to drivers. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Muni’s solution for a possible Carmageddon: Emergency transit-only lanes," 27 June 2020 This cartridge-swapping process, which takes less than 60 seconds, may seem like a minor inconvenience. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Evercade’s retro portable made me fall out of love with game cartridges," 19 June 2020 With the Supreme Court ruling, the two could marry without interference of lawmakers or the inconvenience of driving to another state. Sarah Haselhorst, The Enquirer, "Marriage equality swept the nation 5 years ago, local couples remember the monumental day," 27 June 2020 Then, in 2016, a temporary inconvenience bred a permanent solution. Washington Post, "In debate over school shuttle, Capitol Hill parents confront race, equity — and their commutes," 17 June 2020 While that video has received some support from a pro-police crowd on Twitter, it has also been roundly mocked by many who think a mild inconvenience pales in comparison to centuries of systemic oppression. oregonlive, "Ian Karmel’s parody video of McMuffin cop goes viral," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The move forced residents to pick up their mail at the Lyndon post office 2 miles away, inconveniencing some and causing hardship for those whose work schedules or physical mobility made getting to the post office difficult. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Mail delivery resumes on Lyndon street where dog had scared off delivery for 12 weeks," 28 Feb. 2020 Two realities sit side by side in South Cape Village: one dominated by the pandemic and the other inconvenienced by it. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Loneliness of a Social-Distancing Skeptic on Cape Cod," 30 Apr. 2020 Shoppers unfamiliar with the practice, however, or those who have tried it before and were inconvenienced, are often reluctant to self-check. Washington Post, "This is the definitive way to use self-checkout lanes," 25 Feb. 2020 Carol’s husband tries to control her using access to their daughter as leverage, and Therese’s boyfriend enjoys the idea of her while seeming inconvenienced by her actual interests and thoughts. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "How ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Sees Power in Two Women in Love," 13 Feb. 2020 Certainly, some folks may have been inconvenienced. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Voting delayed at four polling sites in Congressional District 8 election," 24 Apr. 2018 The collapse deeply inconvenienced such retailers as Walmart and J.C. Penney, which were under no obligation to compensate the (extremely poor and powerless) victims’ families. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020 And while she has been scarred and may never recover, her tormentors have barely been inconvenienced. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "What the Cyprus Gang-Rape Case Can Teach Us," 9 Jan. 2020 The fire could inconvenience motorists in other ways. Los Angeles Times, "Refinery neighbors are used to fires. But the Carson explosion was ‘scary’," 26 Feb. 2020

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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

11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inconvenience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconvenience. Accessed 13 Jul. 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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