Definition of convenience in English:

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convenience

Pronunciation: /kənˈviːnɪəns/

noun

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
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.

Phrases

1

at one's convenience

At a time or place that suits one: do make an appointment at your convenience
More example sentences
  • 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?
Synonyms
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
2

at one's earliest convenience

As soon as one can without difficulty: please telephone me at your earliest convenience
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with convenience

lenience, provenience

For editors and proofreaders

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