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[in-kuh n-veen-yuh ns] /ˌɪn kənˈvin yəns/
the quality or state of being inconvenient.
an inconvenient circumstance or thing; something that causes discomfort, trouble, etc.
verb (used with object), inconvenienced, inconveniencing.
to put to inconvenience or trouble; incommode:
He inconvenienced everyone by his constant telephoning.
Origin of inconvenience
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word inconvenientia. See in-3, convenience
Related forms
uninconvenienced, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inconveniencing
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  • "I hope he's not inconveniencing himself to do it," from Auntie.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • He said something very faintly about crowding and inconveniencing us.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • "I'm afraid I'm inconveniencing you, Seor," I said, observing that he did not proceed with his work.

    Long Live the King Guy Boothby
  • Excuse me for inconveniencing you, madam, but could you tell me when Mrs. B. will be home—whether she is at home in the morning?

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • He would rather at any time suffer himself than run any risk of disappointing or inconveniencing another.

  • You may trust him for not inconveniencing himself; it's the people who will be thrown out of employment that I am sorry for.'

    Sarah's School Friend

    May Baldwin
  • He assured her she was not inconveniencing them in the least; on the contrary, they would be very glad of her society.

    Tales From Jkai Mr Jkai
  • He drew out his hat from beneath the chair and inconveniencing no one, left his seat.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
  • I don't mind forcing myself on a servant, but I do object to inconveniencing the master of the house.

British Dictionary definitions for inconveniencing


/ˌɪnkənˈviːnjəns; -ˈviːnɪəns/
the state or quality of being inconvenient
something inconvenient; a hindrance, trouble, or difficulty
(transitive) to cause inconvenience to; trouble or harass
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Word Origin and History for inconveniencing



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.



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

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