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inconvenience

[in-kuh n-veen-yuh ns] /ˌɪn kənˈvin yəns/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being inconvenient.
2.
an inconvenient circumstance or thing; something that causes discomfort, trouble, etc.
verb (used with object), inconvenienced, inconveniencing.
3.
to put to inconvenience or trouble; incommode:
He inconvenienced everyone by his constant telephoning.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin inconvenientia. See in-3, convenience
Related forms
uninconvenienced, adjective
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Examples for inconvenience
  • The result for the reader is confusion and inconvenience.
  • It was a great way to enrich student offerings without the expense and inconvenience of arranging visits.
  • People have yet to learn that sometimes an inconvenience to them is not discrimination.
  • While travelers may have experienced a major inconvenience, local people had suffered a calamity.
  • Cracks in eggs aren't simply an inconvenience for shoppers, they're also a open door for pathogens to enter.
  • In addition to inconvenience, blackouts are causing major economic losses.
  • Disease will not exist or will be treatable to the point that cancer will be no more of an inconvenience than a cold.
  • The impact goes far beyond mere sniffles and inconvenience.
  • Still, that's a small inconvenience when you can get a decent cup of coffee in a one-touch flash.
  • The point of the temporary inconvenience is to raise awareness and therefore political participation.
British Dictionary definitions for inconvenience

inconvenience

/ˌɪnkənˈviːnjəns; -ˈviːnɪəns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being inconvenient
2.
something inconvenient; a hindrance, trouble, or difficulty
verb
3.
(transitive) to cause inconvenience to; trouble or harass
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Word Origin and History for inconvenience
n.

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.

v.

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

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