the quality of being convenient; suitability.
anything that saves or simplifies work, adds to one's ease or comfort, etc., as an appliance, utensil, or the like.
a convenient situation or time: at your convenience.
advantage or accommodation: a shelter for the convenience of travelers.
Chiefly British. water closet(def 1).


easy to obtain, use, or reach; made for convenience: convenience utensils that can be discarded after use.

Origin of convenience

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin convenientia harmony, agreement. See convenient, -ence

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the state or quality of being suitable or opportunethe convenience of the hour
a convenient time or situation
at your convenience at a time suitable to you
at your earliest convenience formal as soon as possible
usefulness, comfort, or facility
an object that is particularly useful, esp a labour-saving device
euphemistic, mainly British a lavatory, esp a public one
make a convenience of to take advantage of; impose upon
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Word Origin and History for convenience

late 14c., "agreement, conformity," from Latin convenientia "meeting together, agreement, harmony," from conveniens, present participle of convenire (see convene). Meaning "suitable, adapted to existing conditions" is from c.1600; that of "personally not difficult" is from 1703.

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Idioms and Phrases with convenience


see at one's convenience.

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