• synonyms


See more synonyms for inconvenient on Thesaurus.com
  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.
Show More

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


See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for inconvenient

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for inconvenient


  1. not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult
Show More
Derived Formsinconveniently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper