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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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  • And though the truth may be inconvenient, it's wonderfully sweet!

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Work, he had always asserted, was the cure for inconvenient emotions.

  • The lodgings are inconvenient for us, while both together, and while she refuses to marry.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But, as I told you in my former, the lodgings are inconvenient.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But I fear I have chosen an inconvenient time for my visit.'

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
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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