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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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Historical Examples

  • "I hope he's not inconveniencing himself to do it," from Auntie.


    George Madden Martin

  • He said something very faintly about crowding and inconveniencing us.


    W. Gilmore Simms

  • "I'm afraid I'm inconveniencing you, Seor," I said, observing that he did not proceed with his work.

  • Excuse me for inconveniencing you, madam, but could you tell me when Mrs. B. will be home—whether she is at home in the morning?

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • He would rather at any time suffer himself than run any risk of disappointing or inconveniencing another.

British Dictionary definitions for inconveniencing


  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 inconveniencing



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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