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inconvenience

[in-kuh n-veen-yuh ns]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being inconvenient.
  2. an inconvenient circumstance or thing; something that causes discomfort, trouble, etc.
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verb (used with object), in·con·ven·ienced, in·con·ven·ienc·ing.
  1. to put to inconvenience or trouble; incommode: He inconvenienced everyone by his constant telephoning.
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Origin of inconvenience

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word inconvenientia. See in-3, convenience
Related formsun·in·con·ven·ienced, adjective
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Examples from the Web for inconvenience

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  • The husband in my case was to be an inconvenience, but doubtless an amusing one.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I sincerely hope that what I have done will not result in any discomfort or inconvenience to you.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • The inconvenience of the situation had therefore to be faced.

  • Now, to what amount will you go to save our friend here from inconvenience?

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • There's no inconvenience but has its convenience, said Betty, giving me proverb for proverb.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson


British Dictionary definitions for inconvenience

inconvenience

noun
  1. the state or quality of being inconvenient
  2. something inconvenient; a hindrance, trouble, or difficulty
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verb
  1. (tr) 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.

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v.

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

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