Definition of convenience in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈviːnɪəns/


1 [mass noun] The state of being able to proceed with something without difficulty: services should be run to suit the convenience of customers, not of staff
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  • It is now common for many families to ‘alter their customs’ to suit their convenience.
  • With this scheme, the bank intends to improve customer convenience, reduce customer traffic at branches and create opportunities to generate a fee income.
  • This would increase customer convenience and also drive ‘warm’ sales leads direct to the company's skilled staff, making a sale more likely.
benefit, use, good, comfort, ease, enjoyment, satisfaction
1.1The quality of being useful, easy, or suitable for someone: the success of the food halls in large stores is due to their convenience
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  • Our frozen meals service was introduced a few years ago to offer suitable clients the quality, choice and convenience of this type of meal.
  • It doesn't seem to have anything to do with the quality, value or convenience of anything I have to say.
  • Its product allows the consumer the convenience and quality of a Sunday roast without the lengthy preparation and cooking time.
expedience, expediency, advantageousness, advantage;
favourableness, opportuneness, propitiousness, timeliness;
suitability, appropriateness, appropriacy, fittingness
ease of use, usability, usefulness, utility, serviceability, practicality, functionality;
advantage, benefit
accessibility, ease of access, handiness, nearness
rare propinquity
1.2 [count noun] A thing that contributes to an easy and effortless way of life: voicemail was seen as one of the desktop conveniences of the electronic office
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  • There was a cell phone in the vehicle, partly a convenience and partly a tool of emergency equipment.
  • Rule 7: All tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.
  • The new software offers major benefits in functionality and operating conveniences.
appliance, amenity, facility, device, labour-saving device, gadget, machine
informal gizmo, gimmick, mod con
formal appurtenance
2 [count noun] British A public toilet: the large council car park next to the public conveniences
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  • All over Europe clean, attended public conveniences have disabled facilities.
  • A consultation document prepared by Mr Smith last year foresees all the present public conveniences closed down and replaced by just two new attended toilet blocks.
  • At Exhibition Square, plumbing problems left the toilets blocked and today the council admitted other public conveniences around the city had not been subject to their usual cleaning routine.



at one's convenience

At a time or place that suits one: do make an appointment at your convenience
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  • Under the new system records will be accessible to GPs, doctors and paramedics, and patients will have the right to book hospital appointments at their convenience.
  • We deal with thousands of patients directly and by telephone, allocating appointments at their convenience or as quickly as possible.
  • Why shouldn't an NHS patient be able to book an appointment for an operation at their convenience, just like they could if they paid for it?
at a convenient time, at a time that suits you, when it suits you, at your leisure, in your own time, when you have a minute, when you can;
in due course

at one's earliest convenience

As soon as one can without difficulty: please telephone me at your earliest convenience
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  • Please contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss the status of your investigation, and what actions you intend to take.
  • Could any persons who still have outstanding dinner dance ticket money please hand it in at your earliest convenience to any committee member.
  • Subscribers wishing to discontinue with the Messenger please inform Maura at your earliest convenience.


Late Middle English: from Latin convenientia, from convenient- 'assembling, agreeing', from the verb convenire (see convene).

Words that rhyme with convenience

lenience, provenience

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