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 Alicia’s wants and needs were an inconvenience to her. Cate Young, Vulture, 25 May 2021 The fever check, installed last summer, had rarely been an inconvenience. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 19 May 2021 Organizers at George Floyd Square counter that inconvenience is part of the point of protest. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2021 The lone inconvenience so far is on the North Course, where a temporary driving range has been built across the first and 18th fairways. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Those people need to understand that their inconvenience is necessary for progress. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2020 Denver did get to within 86-72 midway through the third but that proved to be just a minor inconvenience for the Blazers, who pushed their lead to 107-84 by the end of the quarter by shooting 60% in the third, and 57.1% on threes. oregonlive, 17 May 2021 The North Koreans’ failure at Redbanc was only a minor inconvenience. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 If the Egyptian authorities are able to move the Ever Given to the side of the waterway within two to three days, the episode will probably prove a minor inconvenience to the shipping industry. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every president since Richard Nixon had publicly released their tax returns -- or at least a summary of them -- until Trump, whose personal normal seems to include breaking all social norms that might somehow inconvenience him. Edward J. Mccaffery, CNN, 18 May 2021 Postponing again would inconvenience two key Olympic sports that already moved their 2021 world championships to make space for Tokyo. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 22 Jan. 2021 Postponing again would inconvenience two key Olympic sports that already moved their 2021 world championships to make space for Tokyo. Graham Dunbar, ajc, 22 Jan. 2021 Work around their schedules to find a time and method of skill-sharing that won’t inconvenience them. Alex Janin, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2020 Or only make changes that don’t inconvenience their lives? David Marchesephoto Illustration By Bráulio Amado, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2020 The pilot program promises results in 10 seconds and would inconvenience travelers for less than a minute, the Washington Post reports. Skyler Kardell, National Geographic, 24 Sep. 2020 Taking a few minutes to inconvenience yourself in the present could save you larger headaches down the road. Kristin Wong, Wired, 19 Aug. 2020 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, 28 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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6 Jun 2021

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“Inconvenience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconvenience. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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