in·​con·​ve·​nient ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyənt How to pronounce inconvenient (audio)
: not convenient especially in giving trouble or annoyance : inopportune
an inconvenient time
inconveniently adverb

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inconvenient was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Inconvenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​con·​ve·​nient ˌin-kən-ˈvē-nyənt How to pronounce inconvenient (audio)
: not convenient : causing difficulty, discomfort, or annoyance
an inconvenient delay
inconveniently adverb

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