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

Park officials know this is an inconvenience for visitors, but due to the park’s elevation and climate, resurfacing projects can only take place in the summer. John Meyer, The Know, "Traffic at Rocky Mountain National Park is about to get even worse," 25 July 2019 Experts say that as Americans brace for this weekend’s heat wave, and as such waves become more common because of climate change, what will be an inconvenience for those with resources could prove dangerous for those without. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Heat waves fall hardest on poor and elderly, experts say," 20 July 2019 For Miles and her family, the bad bridge has been an inconvenience. Kristi Tanner, Freep.com, "FREE PRESS INVESTIGATION Thank heavens: They finally got their bridge fixed; many communities still suffer," 7 June 2019 Due process, one of the greatest and most vital legal developments in the entire history of civilization, is not a mere inconvenience to be cast aside in the face of the ideological demands of strident activists. David French, National Review, "How the Obama Administration Harmed Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault," 8 July 2019 Pueblo Water thanked customers for their patience and apologized for the inconvenience. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Pueblo residents can drink water again after boil advisory lifted," 7 July 2019 Long lines congest the concourse and are, at best, an inconvenience. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "8 Reasons To Buy The Atrium, Other Space Outside Hartford's XL Center Arena Now Rather Than Later," 25 June 2018 The inconvenience made him irritated, then downright angry. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Humans don’t actually want to be immortal, we just want to be forever young," 27 June 2019 He was also told to pay a £85 Victim Surcharge, £85 in legal costs and £350 compensation to Farage -- for damaging his lapel microphone (£239), suit cleaning, distress, and inconvenience. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Man who threw milkshake at Nigel Farage ordered to pay suit-cleaning bill," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The parties could seek outside help in resolving their issues, head to court or, in the worst-case scenario, terminate the contract — leaving up in the air the future of renovation work that has been inconveniencing passengers for months. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Denver airport and Great Hall contractor escalate public battle as mediation stalls," 9 Aug. 2019 This would reduce the need for evacuating and inconveniencing locals, as well as minimize launch costs. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: China discovers grid fins, NASA acknowledges Starship program," 2 Aug. 2019 USA TODAY Chase Bank experienced a network glitch nationwide that inconvenienced some customers throughout much of the day, a spokesman said Wednesday. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Chase Bank's network has a nationwide glitch, though ATMs and app keep going," 1 Aug. 2019 Beyoncé got exclusive access to the falls Wednesday's video shoot likely inconvenienced hikers, as Beyoncé and her crew were allowed exclusive access to the falls and its turquoise pools. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Beyoncé was at Havasupai Falls at the Grand Canyon, and people are angry about it," 11 July 2019 Fans who have purchased the NBC Sports Gold subscription weren’t similarly inconvenienced. oregonlive.com, "NBC broadcast went dark just as Dalilah Muhammad was about to set a world record: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 July 2019 Don’t even think about inconveniencing your athletes and fans for the sake of some other time zone. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Sign of Kawhi Leonard’s influence: NBA stars skipping World Cup en masse," 26 July 2019 And using a complex algorithm, United does this without inconveniencing passengers already on the plane. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Tight airline connection? How United is saving travelers from sprinting," 26 July 2019 Zimbabwe’s largest telecom firm, Econet, which handles the bulk of the country’s mobile money transactions, suffered a shutdown due to power cuts over the weekend, inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of people. Farai Mutsaka, Los Angeles Times, "Zimbabweans say their economy is worse than ever: ‘This is hell’," 25 July 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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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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