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[in-kuh n-veen-yuh ns] /ˌɪn kənˈvin yəns/
the quality or state of being inconvenient.
an inconvenient circumstance or thing; something that causes discomfort, trouble, etc.
verb (used with object), inconvenienced, inconveniencing.
to put to inconvenience or trouble; incommode:
He inconvenienced everyone by his constant telephoning.
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin inconvenientia. See in-3, convenience
Related forms
uninconvenienced, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for inconveniences


/ˌɪnkənˈviːnjəns; -ˈviːnɪəns/
the state or quality of being inconvenient
something inconvenient; a hindrance, trouble, or difficulty
(transitive) to cause inconvenience to; trouble or harass
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Word Origin and History for inconveniences



c.1400, "harm, damage, danger," also "a harmful incident, misfortune, affliction," from Old French inconvenience "misfortune, calamity; impropriety" (Modern French inconvenance), from Late Latin inconvenientia "lack of consistency, incongruity," noun of quality from inconvenientem (see inconvenient). Later "impropriety, unfitness; an improper act or utterance" (early 15c.). Meaning "quality of being inconvenient" is from 1650s.


1650s, from inconvenience (n.). Related: Inconvenienced; inconveniencing.

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