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[in-kuh n-veen-yuh ns]
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  1. the quality or state of being inconvenient.
  2. an inconvenient circumstance or thing; something that causes discomfort, trouble, etc.
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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.
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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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Related Words

disturb, aggravate, disrupt, irk, discompose, disoblige, exasperate, discombobulate, upset, interfere, try, discommode, meddle

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  • He may be inconvenienced or hampered in his march; but its goal is certain.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Hugo, with his usual sobriety, said that Napoleon inconvenienced God.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • If our friend is left-handed, he'll be inconvenienced for a day or two.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • True, the people had made sacrifices, and had inconvenienced themselves.

  • However, I think I could eat all there is here and not be inconvenienced.

British Dictionary definitions for inconvenienced


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



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.

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

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