con·​ve·​nient | \ kən-ˈvēn-yənt How to pronounce convenient (audio) \

Definition of convenient

1a : suited to personal comfort or to easy performance meeting at a convenient time
b : suited to a particular situation a convenient excuse
c : affording accommodation or advantage found it convenient to deal with both problems at the same time
2 : being near at hand : close a location convenient to the train station
3 obsolete : suitable, proper

Other Words from convenient

conveniently adverb

Examples of convenient in a Sentence

"You know, you have a very convenient way, Alsi, of forgetting what happened two minutes ago." — Zadie Smith, White Teeth, (2000) 2001 It was more convenient to take my meals in bed, where all I had to do was push away my tray with its uneaten food and fall back upon my pillows … — Stanley Elkin, Harper's, January 1993 The Horses I would have you send to some good pasture … if you can find one convenient. — George Washington 10 May 1756, in The Papers of George Washington1984 … at last, after a dreadful struggle in a difficult place where there seemed to be no convenient branches at all, he got near the top. — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, 1937 When is a convenient time for you to meet? The controls are located in a convenient spot on the dashboard. It might be more convenient to use a calculator, rather than adding the numbers yourself. a convenient method of cleaning windows Schools, churches, and stores are all convenient from here. The power failure was a convenient excuse to leave work early. The economic recession gave lawmakers a convenient pretext for passing the bill. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps most convenient for this set of travelers is the fact Americans do not need a passport to enter, as the island is an unincorporated U.S. territory. Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 Also, having different modes to access care is more convenient for the member. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 2 May 2022 Blaming Macron for the rise of the far right is convenient for many on the left, who do not wish to confront their own responsibility for the demise of France’s once-robust social democracy. Arthur Goldhammer, The New Republic, 11 Apr. 2022 The farm is being marketed as a convenient commute to New Haven, Hartford or the shoreline, and two hours to Boston and New York. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Hartford Courant, 5 May 2022 Other cabin notes: With the Limited trim, the front center console slides back and forth between the seats, which is both convenient and ergonomically smart. Dan Neil, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Windows Hello, a security key or a verification code for secure and convenient sign-on. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 And it can be removed for convenient charging out of the vacuum. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 The middle of the night is not a convenient time for such a call. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of convenient

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for convenient

Middle English, from Latin convenient-, conveniens, from present participle of convenire to assemble, come together, be suitable, from com- + venire to come — more at come

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“Convenient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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con·​ve·​nient | \ kən-ˈvē-nyənt How to pronounce convenient (audio) \

Kids Definition of convenient

1 : suited to a person's comfort or ease a convenient time a convenient house
2 : suited to a certain use convenient tools
3 : easy to get to a convenient location

Other Words from convenient

conveniently adverb

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