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[in-kuh n-veen-yuh nt] /ˌɪn kənˈvin yənt/
not easily accessible or at hand:
The phone is in an inconvenient place.
inopportune; untimely:
an inconvenient time for a visit.
not suiting one's needs or purposes:
The house has an inconvenient floor plan.
Origin of inconvenient
1325-75; Middle English < Latin inconvenient- (stem of inconveniēns) not suiting. See in-3, convenient
Related forms
inconveniently, adverb
3. annoying, awkward, bothersome. Unabridged
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  • Bar soap is a convenient option for the bathroom, but when a bar gets to be too small, it becomes unwieldy and inconvenient.
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  • As long as it costs more and is inconvenient to eat right, people will be overweight and obese.
  • Unfortunately for him, the opponents raise spades and make it inconvenient to show the heart suit.
  • inconvenient for accommodationists, perhaps, but still a truth.
  • inconvenient people have been dying with alarming regularity.
  • Drilling the silicon plugs into your ears until you gag is uncomfortable and inconvenient.
  • There's a beauty in complexity that is often dismissed as inefficient or inconvenient.
British Dictionary definitions for inconvenient


/ˌɪnkənˈviːnjənt; -ˈviːnɪənt/
not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult
Derived Forms
inconveniently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconvenient

late 14c., "injurious, dangerous," from Old French inconvénient (13c.), from Latin inconvenientem (nominative inconveniens) "unsuitable, not accordant, dissimilar," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + convenientem (see convenient). In early 15c., "inappropriate, unbecoming, unnatural;" also, of an accused person, "unlikely as a culprit, innocent." Sense of "troublesome, awkward" first recorded 1650s.

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