- 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
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Examples from the Web for inconveniently
Inconveniently, if Yingluck stepped down and called fresh elections tomorrow, she— and Pheu Thai—would win again.Anti-Thaksin Protesters Are Thailand’s Tea Partiers
December 3, 2013
Inconveniently for Romney, some of those former employees have told their stories to the American people.Paul Begala on Mitt Romney’s Epic Fail in His GOP Convention Speech
August 31, 2012
This, inconveniently, makes it hard to campaign on Labour's record.Brits Get Ready to Rumble
April 5, 2010
With Osama bin Laden inconveniently dead, the party out of power needs someone to fulminate against.The Hypocritical War on 'Illegals'
October 29, 2011
He was inconveniently poor, he was ill, and he was in exile.Peak and Prairie
But at least she could take a few in her pocket, though it was inconveniently small.Susan
I think that I drop in upon you as inconveniently as possible, do I not?Charles Baudelaire, His Life
Why was that scherzo on the music-desk, and why do its leaves turn so inconveniently?
Does it inconveniently happen that you find you're in love with her yourself?The Sacred Fount
- not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult
Word Origin and History for inconveniently
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.