inconvenience

noun
in·con·ve·nience | \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyən(t)s \

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 \
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 teams stayed in upscale hotels and experienced minor inconveniences during the blackout. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Champion Astros showing no signs of World Series hangover," 20 Apr. 2018 Winter brings lots of annoying inconveniences — shoveling, power outages, and slippery roads. Samantha Toscano, Good Housekeeping, "A Woman Has Been Trapped on an Icy Island for a Month," 5 Mar. 2015 About 5 million Americans have tried CPAP, but up to a third gave up during the first several years because of discomfort and inconvenience. Washington Post, "New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom," 12 July 2018 Nissan understands and regrets the concern and inconvenience caused to stakeholders as a result of its [inspection process] issues last year. David Meyer, Fortune, "Nissan Shares Tank as It Admits That Some of Its Factories Faked Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Test Data," 9 July 2018 The inconvenience didn't stop her from shooting an annoyed glance to her crew on the sides, though. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "7 Times Beyonce Was a Pro During Concert Mishaps," 2 July 2018 But as Arteaga’s story demonstrates, conscience clauses can place a heavy burden on patients, who experience humiliation and inconvenience when a pharmacist refuses to fill a legal prescription. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "It’s mostly legal for Walgreens pharmacists to deny people drugs on ethical grounds.," 25 June 2018 Yet another huge, potentially disruptive event would come to the Bayfront Park area, and some locals are fed up with the inconveniences associated with them. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Formula One 'an opportunity like no other' for Miami, but will a deal get done?," 23 June 2018 Nadal dealt with that ultimately minor inconvenience and claimed his record-extending 11th French Open championship Sunday by displaying his foe-rattling excellence in a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "This one goes to 11: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for French Open title," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Dormer plays Sofia, an accomplished pianist living independently in London, only marginally inconvenienced by her blindness. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "In a role she co-wrote, Natalie Dormer's star power brightens crime thriller 'In Darkness'," 23 May 2018 In contrast, the state Republican Party said the protest is wrongheaded and unnecessarily inconveniencing parents and students. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "North Carolina Teachers March for More Education Funding," 16 May 2018 In contrast, the state Republican Party said the protest is wrongheaded and unnecessarily inconveniencing parents and students. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "North Carolina Teachers Protest, Exposing a Rural-Urban Divide," 16 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

Middle English, misfortune, inconsistency, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin inconvenientia, from Latin inconvenient-, inconveniens

Verb

see inconvenience entry 1

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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 \

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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