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

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 Delta apologized for the delay and inconvenience caused to the other passengers. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Man hit flight attendant, then puked during Indianapolis to Paris flight, complaint says," 14 June 2019 Air travel has become a daunting hellscape of long lines, insane delays, and one anxiety-producing inconvenience after another. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Inside The High-End Secret Terminal Celebs Are Using At LAX," 6 June 2019 In a condominium, invariably, unit owners give up many rights, including incurring inconveniences for association access, pursuant to the board’s rights per the condominium declaration and by-laws and the Condominium Act. Howard Dakoff, chicagotribune.com, "Association staff's access to unit is invasion of privacy, resident says," 6 June 2019 Going without these services was certainly an inconvenience for some but for paying Google customers the situation was more serious. Gene Marks, https://www.inquirer.com, "Small businesses depend on companies like Google. So, how to protect against outages?," 5 June 2019 The lack of foresight about conditions on the ground is much worse than an inconvenience. Popular Mechanics, "The Squishy Robots That Could Save the World," 13 May 2019 In the hours after a winter storm, when plows have carved out paths along city streets, most of us consider the dirty snow left behind on roadways as little more than an inconvenience. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "Could we transform dirty snowpiles into sidewalks and bike lanes?," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And, there were many other customers who were inconvenienced that understandably wanted to talk to us over the weekend. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Full text: Sun Country CEO's e-mail to employees about stranded fliers," 17 Apr. 2018 But this shift is still likely to inconvenience some people. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google is ending integration between Google Photos and Drive because apparently it’s too confusing," 12 June 2019 There is a boisterous storyline about Otter Bay’s bratty parents being inconvenienced by the second-grade climate-change curriculum. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2, Reviewed: Meryl, Meryl, Meryl," 9 June 2019 People who said the city didn’t do enough to stop people from riding on sidewalks and endangering or inconveniencing people with disabilities or other pedestrians will see users suspended or fined for violating that law. Andrew Theen, The Seattle Times, "E-scooters may return April 26, Portland says, with new rules to curb sidewalk riding," 25 Mar. 2019 The precautionary outages could inconvenience customers while endangering some who depend on electricity. Fox News, "PG&E shuts power to some to lower wildfire risks," 8 June 2019 The precautionary outages could inconvenience customers while endangering some who depend on electricity. NBC News, "California utility blamed for wildfires cutting power to some customers to reduce risk," 8 June 2019 The precautionary outages could inconvenience hundreds of thousands of customers while endangering some who depend on electricity. Washington Post, "PG&E warns of power shutoffs to lower wildfire risks," 8 June 2019 From using discount sites without inconveniencing innkeepers to the benefits of Airbnb, here are tips and tricks for booking lodging in Europe. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Book smart when looking for lodging in Europe," 25 Sep. 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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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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