Definition of inconvenient in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnkənˈviːnɪənt/


Causing trouble, difficulties, or discomfort: she telephoned frequently, usually at inconvenient times
More example sentences
  • These people often cause trouble by creating work that is difficult, inconvenient and disturbing.
  • Perhaps so much so that the actual historical evidence is somewhat troublesome and inconvenient.
  • This has proved to be both inconvenient and embarrassing to the mayor.
awkward, difficult, unsuitable, inappropriate, troublesome, bothersome, problematic, disruptive;
tiresome, irritating, vexing, annoying, worrisome, distressing, embarrassing
informal aggravating
archaic unseasonable



Pronunciation: /ɪnkənˈviːnɪəntli/
Example sentences
  • Just days later, on December 12, the coachman was helped into the operating theatre - situated rather inconveniently directly above the hospital's boardroom - to begin his ordeal.
  • On Tuesday I had my 2nd exam, at the inconveniently late time of 6pm I may add, in ‘the Crypt’ - the morgue-like underbelly of Paddy's Wigwam.
  • Even when walking outside, if you come upon one of those giant swarms of gnats that are always inconveniently right in your path, if you take on the swarm head on, you will suffer nothing more than a head full of gnats.


Late Middle English (originally in the sense 'incongruous' or 'unsuitable'): via Old French from Latin inconvenient-, from in- 'not' + convenient- 'agreeing, fitting' (see convenient). Current senses date from the mid 17th century.

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