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inconvenient

[in-kuh n-veen-yuh nt] /ˌɪn kənˈvin yənt/
adjective
1.
not easily accessible or at hand:
The phone is in an inconvenient place.
2.
inopportune; untimely:
an inconvenient time for a visit.
3.
not suiting one's needs or purposes:
The house has an inconvenient floor plan.
Origin of inconvenient
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin inconvenient- (stem of inconveniēns) not suiting. See in-3, convenient
Related forms
inconveniently, adverb
Synonyms
3. annoying, awkward, bothersome.
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  • But at least she could take a few in her pocket, though it was inconveniently small.

    Susan Amy Walton
  • He was inconveniently poor, he was ill, and he was in exile.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • Positions which had been made theoretically untenable have again and again been found to be most inconveniently tenanted.

    The Great Boer War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I think that I drop in upon you as inconveniently as possible, do I not?

    Charles Baudelaire, His Life Thophile Gautier
  • The monument to Nelson, inconveniently placed at the opening of the choir, is by one of our greatest sculptors—Flaxman.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • Why was that scherzo on the music-desk, and why do its leaves turn so inconveniently?

  • The hall was inconveniently crowded, and many remained outside in the square, unable to obtain admittance.

    Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume I (of 2) Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for inconveniently

inconvenient

/ˌɪnkənˈviːnjənt; -ˈviːnɪənt/
adjective
1.
not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult
Derived Forms
inconveniently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconveniently
adv.

mid-15c., "wrongfully," from inconvenient + -ly (2). Meaning "with trouble or discomfort" is from 1650s.

inconvenient

adj.

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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