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

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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When oil was discovered there in the 1960s, aboriginal land claims suddenly became inconvenient. Rebecca Nagle, Teen Vogue, "The Violence Against Women Act Doesn't Include the Majority of Alaska Native Women," 29 Nov. 2018 What happens, mostly, is that possessing a gun becomes incredibly inconvenient. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How We Can Stop Mass Shootings in America," 20 Nov. 2018 Use a ground cover on a slope where mowing grass would be inconvenient or even dangerous. Beth Botts,, "If your garden grass is patchy, consider a ground cover instead," 12 June 2018 Critics feared it could be used to hasten the departures of the elderly, infirm and inconvenient. Peter Rowe,, "Going this way? Death is still inevitable, but 'angels' and cafes want to change our last days," 20 May 2018 Putney, who has been meeting with Superintendent Clayton Wilcox about school safety in the wake of a Feb. 14 mass shooting, acknowledged the change will be costly and inconvenient. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Swap freedom for safety? Police chief wants to 'wand' all who enter CMS schools | Charlotte Observer," 30 Mar. 2018 But scalp psoriasis — a common condition characterized by thick, red scaly patches of skin that can cover the entire scalp and be chronic — is arguably the most painful and inconvenient of them all. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 8 Best Shampoos for Scalp Psoriasis Recommended By Dermatologists," 29 Mar. 2018 The little robot goes on quick trips with its human, carrying things too heavy to bear by hand and too inconvenient to do so by backpack or bicycle. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Cute Robot That Follows You Around the City," 28 Feb. 2018 Conservatives relish ridiculing the left for refusing to acknowledge uncomfortable or politically inconvenient truths. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s ‘Sh*thole Country’ Remarks Are Right-wing Political Correctness Run Amok," 12 Jan. 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 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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