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

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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 The inconvenient fact, according to the reporting, is that while people want raises, their input decreases over time. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 17 June 2021 In 2015, while working to move his then-girlfriend from Chicago to live with him in Los Angeles, Barlow found that deciding what and how to move was extremely inconvenient. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 16 June 2021 That's about 18 incidents a day, ranging from inconvenient to downright dangerous. Aj Willingham, CNN, 14 June 2021 Solar eclipses happen every couple of years in some inconvenient part of the globe. New York Times, 10 June 2021 Frightened by the possibility of transparency, the existing corporation members looked to Vladimir Putin and his tactics for inspiration on what to do with candidates such as Maggie Thomas and myself who raise or ask inconvenient questions. Victor Ashe, National Review, 28 May 2021 Beyond the stigma, there’s the very inconvenient problem of living in the United States, where access to affordable healthcare is limited. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021 Naturally a Washington Post article attempts to punish Dr. Paul for his inconvenient questions. James Freeman, WSJ, 25 May 2021 There's nothing more inconvenient than having to run back and forth from the grill to the stovetop burners inside. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2021

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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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The first known use of inconvenient was in 1616

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21 Jun 2021

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“Inconvenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconvenient

: causing trouble or problems : not convenient


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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