in·​con·​ve·​nient | \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyənt How to pronounce inconvenient (audio) \

Definition of inconvenient

: not convenient especially in giving trouble or annoyance : inopportune an inconvenient time

Other Words from inconvenient

inconveniently adverb

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Examples of inconvenient in a Sentence

The restaurant is in an inconvenient location. the unexpected visitors showed up at an inconvenient time
Recent Examples on the Web Many people still defy it, finding the alternatives to plastic either too expensive or too inconvenient. New York Times, 31 July 2022 Having to guess at how long those batteries would continue powering your device or vehicle is not only inconvenient, but also expensive. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 13 May 2022 In some cities, buses are seen as slow, inconvenient, undependable and just not a very good experience, at least compared with light rail and trolleys. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 The conservative majority has slalomed around inconvenient precedents and traversed wild contradictions. Katherine Stewart, The New Republic, 11 July 2022 As we’re reminded by the sight of characters repeatedly donning face masks, that world doesn’t recede politely into the background, even when inconvenient desires intrude and a home starts to feel like uncharted territory. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Because of the potential for serious side effects and the inconvenient dosing schedule, it is not often turned to as a medicine for high blood pressure. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 1 July 2022 Vouchers for points, infrequent communication, limited reward ecosystems, convoluted redemption processes and inconvenient user identification procedures create even more barriers to customer engagement. Ari Banerjee, Forbes, 18 Jan. 2022 Why go through all that inconvenient prep ahead of time when the results are a foregone conclusion? Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inconvenient

1616, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inconvenient

Middle English, incongruous, harmful, from Anglo-French, from Latin inconvenient-, inconveniens, from in- + convenient-, conveniens convenient

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“Inconvenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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in·​con·​ve·​nient | \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyənt How to pronounce inconvenient (audio) \

Kids Definition of inconvenient

: causing trouble or difficulty : not convenient That time is inconvenient for me.

Other Words from inconvenient

inconveniently adverb

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