[ in-kuhn-veen-yuhnt ]
/ ˌɪn kənˈvin yənt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. incontinently,
  2. incontrollable,
  3. incontrovertible,
  4. inconvenience,
  5. inconveniency,
  6. inconveniently,
  7. inconvertible,
  8. inconvincible,
  9. incoordinate,
  10. incoordination

Origin of inconvenient

1325–75; Middle English < Latin inconvenient- (stem of inconveniēns) not suiting. See in-3, convenient

Related formsin·con·ven·ient·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inconvenient


/ (ˌɪnkənˈviːnjənt, -ˈviːnɪənt) /


not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult
Derived Formsinconveniently, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inconvenient



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.

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