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

1325–75; Middle English < Latin inconvenient- (stem of inconveniēns) not suiting. See in-3, convenient
Related formsin·con·ven·ient·ly, adverb

Synonyms for inconvenient Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inconveniently

awkwardly, inappropriately

Examples from the Web for inconveniently

Contemporary Examples of inconveniently

Historical Examples of inconveniently

  • He was inconveniently poor, he was ill, and he was in exile.

    Peak and Prairie

    Anna Fuller

  • But at least she could take a few in her pocket, though it was inconveniently small.


    Amy Walton

  • I think that I drop in upon you as inconveniently as possible, do I not?

  • Why was that scherzo on the music-desk, and why do its leaves turn so inconveniently?

  • Does it inconveniently happen that you find you're in love with her yourself?

    The Sacred Fount

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for inconveniently



not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult
Derived Formsinconveniently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inconveniently

mid-15c., "wrongfully," from inconvenient + -ly (2). Meaning "with trouble or discomfort" is from 1650s.



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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