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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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 In fact, it could be argued that any individual company’s shareholders have little reason to want to hear inconvenient truths. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Wirecard shows auditing is broken. Here’s why—and how to fix it," 25 June 2020 This is important, because while several religions have holidays that invoke the notion of liberation in some sense, the merging of those holidays to religious doctrine can make those holidays inconvenient for nonpractitioners and nonbelievers. C. Brandon Ogbunu, Wired, "Why Juneteenth Went Viral," 19 June 2020 Of course, single-game cartridges would be both more inconvenient and less economical. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Evercade’s retro portable made me fall out of love with game cartridges," 19 June 2020 Never mind that Trump himself has twice previously voted by mail—just another inconvenient truth. Lee Drutman, The New Republic, "How Democracy Dies at the Ballot Box," 18 June 2020 While the last-minute cancellation is likely inconvenient for travelers, Lion Air said in its statement that customers will be able to receive a full refund or may reschedule their flight with no extra fees. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Lion Air Cancels Flights Again As Passengers Were 'Unable to Carry Out' Coronavirus Protocol," 5 June 2020 Larger numbers describe it as inconvenient or difficult but would not go so far as to call it a hardship. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: 58% of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of race relations," 4 June 2020 Employees aren’t police and can’t be expected to add de facto mask enforcement to their duties without training in how to educate those who find masks inconvenient and unnecessary and training in how to recognize and de-escalate simmering anger. Anchorage Daily News, "Navigating the mask-wearing minefield between employees and customers," 2 June 2020 The matter is not merely that Americans have a habit of treating older women as inconvenient and invisible and expendable. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "How Hillary Clinton Became a Postmodern Menace," 12 Mar. 2020

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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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2 Jul 2020

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“Inconvenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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.

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