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Definitions for inconvenience
ˌɪn kənˈvin yənsin·con·ve·nience

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inconvenience, incommodiousnessnoun

    an inconvenient discomfort

  2. troublesomeness, inconvenience, worrimentnoun

    a difficulty that causes anxiety

  3. inconvenienceverb

    the quality of not being useful or convenient

  4. trouble, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode, botherverb

    to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

    "Sorry to trouble you, but..."


  1. inconveniencenoun

    The quality of being inconvenient.

  2. inconveniencenoun

    Something that is not convenient, something that bothers.

  3. inconvenienceverb

    To bother; to discomfort

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inconvenience, Inconveniencynoun

    Etymology: inconvenient, French.

    They plead against the inconvenience, not the unlawfulness of popish apparel; and against the inconvenience, not the unlawfulness of ceremonies in burial. Richard Hooker.

    There is a place upon the top of mount Athos above all clouds of rain, or other inconvenience. Walter Raleigh, History.

    Man is liable to a great many inconveniences every moment, and is continually unsecure even of life itself. John Tillotson.

    The inconvenience of old age makes him incapable of corporal pleasures. Dryden.

    Would not quickness of sensation be an inconvenience to an animal, that must lie still where chance has once placed it? John Locke.

    Consider the disproportion between the worst inconveniences that attends incompliance with men, and the eternal displeasure of God. John Rogers.

    We are freed from many inconveniences, and we enjoy several advantages. Francis Atterbury.

    The things of another world, being distant, operate but faintly upon us: to remedy this inconveniency, we must frequently revolve their certainty and importance. Francis Atterbury.


  1. inconvenience

    Convenient procedures, products and services are those intended to increase ease in accessibility, save resources (such as time, effort and energy) and decrease frustration. A modern convenience is a labor-saving device, service or substance which make a task easier or more efficient than a traditional method. Convenience is a relative concept, and depends on context. For example, automobiles were once considered a convenience, yet today are regarded as a normal part of life. Because differences in lifestyles around the world, the term is a relative term based upon the conveniences previously available to a person or group. For instance, an American definition of 'modern convenience' is likely different from that of an individual living in a developing country. Most of the time, the term 'modern convenience' is used to express personal lifestyle and home life.


  1. inconvenience

    Inconvenience is a state or situation that causes trouble, difficulty, discomfort, or annoyance, interrupting normal routines or causing extra effort or time to be expended. It can also refer to something that is not convenient or suitable in a particular situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inconveniencenoun

    the quality or condition of being inconvenient; want of convenience; unfitness; unsuitableness; inexpediency; awkwardness; as, the inconvenience of the arrangement

  2. Inconveniencenoun

    that which gives trouble, embarrassment, or uneasiness; disadvantage; anything that disturbs quiet, impedes prosperity, or increases the difficulty of action or success; as, one inconvenience of life is poverty

  3. Inconvenienceverb

    to put to inconvenience; to incommode; as, to inconvenience a neighbor

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inconvenience in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inconvenience in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of inconvenience in a Sentence

  1. Harriet Martineau:

    For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen... than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.

  2. Anthony Fauci:

    I think that, especially for people who are at significant risk for progression, it's important to take Paxlovid, a percentage of those people -- yet to be determined -- are going to have rebound. But in almost all of those people, the rebound is going to be an inconvenience. And that inconvenience, really, is not as important as the potential of avoiding hospitalization or death.

  3. G. K. Chesterton:

    An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.

  4. Mike Wright:

    Nobody can prove with any degree of certainty that spending the money, suffering the inconvenience of getting your vehicle inspected, actually produces desired results.

  5. Cesare Beccaria:

    False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction.

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