inconvenience

[in-kuh n-veen-yuh ns]
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verb (used with object), in·con·ven·ienced, in·con·ven·ienc·ing.
  1. 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 formsun·in·con·ven·ienced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for in-convenience

inconvenience

noun
  1. the state or quality of being inconvenient
  2. something inconvenient; a hindrance, trouble, or difficulty
verb
  1. (tr) to cause inconvenience to; trouble or harass
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Word Origin and History for in-convenience

inconvenience

n.

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.

inconvenience

v.

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

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