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



inconvenience (countable and uncountable, plural inconveniences)

  1. The quality of being inconvenient.
    • 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
      They plead against the inconvenience, not the unlawfulness, [] of ceremonies in burial.
  2. Something that is not convenient, something that bothers.
    • 1663, John Tillotson, The Wisdom of being Religious
      [Man] is liable to a great many inconveniences.
    • 1960 February, R. C. Riley, “The London-Birmingham services - Part, Present and Future”, in Trains Illustrated, page 101:
      The inconveniences that must be endured before the modernisation plan can come into action may be seen at Coventry, where since August the station has been in the throes of rebuilding.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist[1], 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.




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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