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inconvenience Syllabification: in·con·ven·ience
Pronunciation: /ˌinkənˈvēnyəns/

Definition of inconvenience in English:


1Trouble or difficulty caused to one’s personal requirements or comfort: the inconvenience of having to change trains
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  • The 48-hour strikes would mean huge personal inconvenience.
  • Besides personal inconvenience, there are environmental and economic impacts to this situation as well.
  • It needs to be cherished and supported, even if this involves a certain amount of personal inconvenience.
trouble, bother, problems, disruption, difficulty, disturbance;
vexation, irritation, annoyance
informal aggravation, hassle
1.1A cause or instance of trouble or difficulty: the inconveniences of life in a remote city
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  • Back in the city, his status protects the family from the escalating inconveniences and snags of everyday life, from the food and the fuel shortages; within the house, Papa's reign of terror is unleashed.
  • In these films, everyone who deserves to be happy ends up with what he or she desires, despite any temporary inconveniences or minor setbacks.
  • The other artists are those who tend to ignore what is comforting and instead champion life's difficulties, contradictions and inconveniences.
nuisance, trouble, bother, problem, vexation, worry, trial, bind, bane, irritant, thorn in someone's side
informal headache, pain, pain in the neck, pain in the butt, drag, aggravation, hassle


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Cause trouble or difficulty to: noise and fumes from traffic would inconvenience residents
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  • Also that some have been inconvenienced, with difficulties in reaching Bootham.
  • The Richmond Hill shop is due to close on Tuesday December 30, greatly inconveniencing the many elderly residents who will have to contend with a steep trek in order to reach another branch.
  • Members of Fulford Parish Council fear residents will be greatly inconvenienced by the loss of the Main Street petrol station and its small shop.
trouble, bother, put out, put to any trouble, disturb, impose on, burden, incommode
informal hassle, plague
formal discommode


Late Middle English (originally in the sense 'incongruity, inconsistency', also in the general sense 'unsuitability'): via Old French from late Latin inconvenientia 'incongruity, inconsistency', from in- 'not' + Latin convenient- 'agreeing, fitting' (see convenient).

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