- 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.
Origin of inconvenient
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Related Wordstroublesome, embarrassing, awkward, unwieldy, disturbing, cumbersome, annoying, tiresome, difficult, detrimental, disadvantageous, inexpedient, inopportune, pestiferous, prejudicial, remote, unmanageable, unseasonable, unsuitable, untimely
Examples from the Web for inconvenient
It is also true—and this is inconvenient—that the US had not been innocent in the decades leading up to 9/11.The Media's Pro-Torture Cheerleaders
December 10, 2014
His latest book is An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers The Armenians?Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
It is a horrific and inconvenient truth, but paying ransoms to free hostages invariably worsens the problem in the long-term.To Kill the ISIS Monster You Gotta Do More Than Cut Off Its Money
November 18, 2014
He has struggled to keep his marriage together after confronting some inconvenient truths about himself.The Pastor Who Scandalized His Town
October 8, 2014
A wine critic friend of mine asked for an interview with the winemaker but was told it was “inconvenient.”Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
August 31, 2014
And though the truth may be inconvenient, it's wonderfully sweet!The Bacillus of Beauty
Work, he had always asserted, was the cure for inconvenient emotions.The Incomplete Amorist
The lodgings are inconvenient for us, while both together, and while she refuses to marry.
But, as I told you in my former, the lodgings are inconvenient.
But I fear I have chosen an inconvenient time for my visit.'Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult
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.