View synonyms for inconvenient


[ in-kuhn-veen-yuhnt ]


  1. not easily accessible or at hand:

    The phone is in an inconvenient place.

  2. inopportune; untimely:

    an inconvenient time for a visit.

  3. not suiting one's needs or purposes:

    The house has an inconvenient floor plan.

    Synonyms: bothersome, awkward, annoying


/ -ˈviːnɪənt; ˌɪnkənˈviːnjənt /


  1. not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult

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Derived Forms

  • ˌinconˈveniently, adverb

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Other Words From

  • incon·venient·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inconvenient1

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

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Example Sentences

Crowds are inconvenient but not the raging inconvenience everyone craves at the Super Bowl.

When confronted with something inconvenient or troublesome in their midst — particularly such conspiracy theories — the stock response is increasingly to shrug it off or claim ignorance, no matter how implausibly.

If they happen to find something that doesn’t work or is inconvenient, it is not a bad thing.

Unfortunately, our species has a disturbing tendency to “surrender” animals to shelters when it is inconvenient to keep them.

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Not only is this inconvenient for users, but maintaining dozens of separate websites is an administrative headache.

It is also true—and this is inconvenient—that the US had not been innocent in the decades leading up to 9/11.

His latest book is An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers The Armenians?

It is a horrific and inconvenient truth, but paying ransoms to free hostages invariably worsens the problem in the long-term.

He has struggled to keep his marriage together after confronting some inconvenient truths about himself.

A wine critic friend of mine asked for an interview with the winemaker but was told it was “inconvenient.”

The fact is, that it is somewhat inconvenient to carry books in such regions, and I did not think of bringing a Bible.

Aunt Ri was a privileged character, but her logical method of questioning was inconvenient.

When it is inconvenient to stain before the smears have dried, capsules can be shown by the method of Hiss.

The Bell and Tainter machine was operated by a storage battery and this was an inconvenient and expensive form of power.

The old method, by which a note was named from its relative place in the Perfect System, must evidently have become inconvenient.