in·​con·​ve·​nient | \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyənt \

Definition of inconvenient

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

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Other Words from inconvenient

inconveniently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for inconvenient


awkward, discommoding, disobliging, incommoding


convenient, ultraconvenient

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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

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That’s inconvenient for an intersectional theorist like Ms. hooks. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "A Prophet for the ‘Social Justice’ Movement," 20 Sep. 2018 Google released its note-taking app in 2013, and critics gave it mixed reviews for not having adjustable formatting and being inconvenient for storing long-form notes. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best note-taking apps for class, work, and life," 31 Aug. 2018 Her arrival will surely be inconvenient for Madeline (Witherspoon), Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), and Renata (Laura Dern), who have worked hard to conceal Perry's true cause of death from the authorities., "And In The End, Reese Witherspoon Was The Biggest Meryl Streep Stan Of Us All," 22 June 2018 But if lifesaving expertise is inconvenient for the fossil fuel industry, the Trump administration won’t hesitate to throw it out the window. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Trump officials faulted climate panel for having only ‘one member from industry’," 15 May 2018 An alternate way to cope with augmented reality, especially if glasses are inconvenient, like in the rain: audio. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 If the choice is between believing something false that provides meaning and comfort or believing something that’s true but inconvenient, why choose the latter? Sean Illing, Vox, "A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem," 14 Aug. 2018 And having to exit at 79th Street and take a detour through the neighborhoods is inconvenient, particularly for those who keep the South Side out of their sight and out of their mind. John Kass,, "Father Mike's shutdown of Dan Ryan aimed directly at Mayor Emanuel," 5 July 2018 The strikes have been inconvenient, occasionally exasperating, but not crippling. The Economist, "France’s strikes may now be starting to ebb," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of inconvenient

: causing trouble or problems : not convenient


in·​con·​ve·​nient | \ ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyənt \

Kids Definition of inconvenient

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

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inconveniently adverb

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to gather or build up little by little

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