inconvenience

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French inconvenience (misfortune, calamity, impropriety) (compare French inconvenance (impropriety) and inconvénient (inconvenience)), from Late Latin inconvenientia (inconsistency, incongruity).

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inconvenience (countable and uncountable, plural inconveniences)

  1. The quality of being inconvenient.
    • Hooker
      They plead against the inconvenience, not the unlawfulness, [] of ceremonies in burial.
  2. Something that is not convenient, something that bothers.
    • Tillotson
      Man is liable to a great many inconveniences.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly): 
      An artificial kidney [] can cause bleeding, clotting and infection—not to mention inconvenience for patients, who typically need to be hooked up to one three times a week for hours at a time.

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inconvenience (third-person singular simple present inconveniences, present participle inconveniencing, simple past and past participle inconvenienced)

  1. To bother; to discomfort

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