Definition of convenient in English:



  • 1Fitting in well with a person's needs, activities, and plans.

    ‘I phoned your office to confirm that this date is convenient’
    • ‘But could there be more appropriate and more convenient care for patients elsewhere?’
    • ‘This is timely and convenient for patrons, and it saves a great deal of staff time and attention.’
    • ‘This would be very convenient, but I am slightly concerned that they are planning to charge rather a lot for it.’
    • ‘There are plenty of ways to make your meal plan convenient, appealing, and customized to fit your lifestyle.’
    • ‘People do not consider the inspections suitable or convenient to them.’
    • ‘It will pay a heavy price for that at the convenient and appropriate time.’
    • ‘With hindsight, the course I adopted proved to be the convenient and appropriate one.’
    • ‘I like using denial as a strategy, as it is easy, convenient, effective, and applicable to almost every life situation.’
    • ‘I do have one further matter to trouble your Lordship with if that is convenient.’
    • ‘If either desires to make submissions about them, then they should do so at the earliest convenient opportunity.’
    • ‘It seems to me that it is convenient and appropriate that that is the course that should be adopted.’
    • ‘He said this meant they could be picked up at a convenient time, usually to prevent trouble at weekends.’
    • ‘So it seems to me better to adjourn this matter to the first suitable date convenient to the parties after two weeks.’
    • ‘Ordinary citizens were trampled in your administration and cast aside as rags when it was convenient and advantageous to you.’
    • ‘However, even without painting the insides, this project takes three days so plan to do it when it is convenient.’
    • ‘The trick is making their first experience easy to plan and convenient.’
    • ‘In the garden would be quite convenient as you are planning on mowing the lawn.’
    • ‘Pharmacists were allowed to attend the session most convenient for them.’
    • ‘They have the advantage of convenient dosing schedules, but they are expensive.’
    • ‘It wasn't as if he even particularly liked to swim; it was simply the most convenient physical activity.’
    suitable, appropriate, fitting, fit, suited, agreeable
    trouble-free, labour-saving
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    1. 1.1Involving little trouble or effort.
      ‘the new car park will make shopping much more convenient’
      • ‘Eaten in moderation, pasta is a fast, simple, convenient and nutritious meal option.’
      • ‘Fluid mixtures and elixirs have been used for centuries, and provided a convenient method by which a measured dose could be administered to a patient.’
      • ‘It is the most convenient way to move around Shanghai for team activities and for families.’
      • ‘For a large section of the skiing public they were a fuss-free, convenient option.’
      • ‘The tiltable steering column gives you easy and convenient access to the seat.’
      • ‘The card is being marketed as a more convenient option for the customer, compared to carrying cash or traveller's cheques.’
      • ‘For family groups using the same computer, this will be a very convenient option for a quick email check - no need to log out, just switch users.’
      • ‘Many people start their business at home because it is an easy, convenient, and inexpensive option.’
      • ‘If you can offer a more convenient option to customers, that is valuable.’
      • ‘It offered prepared meals and food of high quality that required little effort in preparation to a customer base that sought convenient good food.’
      • ‘It is not justified where detention would merely be convenient or advantageous.’
      • ‘Banks are very much the convenient option, but are not necessarily the cheapest.’
      • ‘Direct physical access to the power switch is convenient for this purpose.’
      • ‘The idea is to make it easier and more convenient for companies to access training on their own doorstep.’
      • ‘The convenient option of escaping could only be accomplished one way, and that was through death.’
      • ‘The trouble is that life itself lacks such convenient, atoning finality.’
      • ‘It was just the most convenient option for broke teenagers such as ourselves.’
      • ‘About the only thing high-street banks have in their favour is a convenient branch network.’
      • ‘Supposedly, having more than one group makes things more convenient if you're in trouble.’
      • ‘A more convenient but less effective option is to use a liquid extract.’
    2. 1.2Situated so as to allow easy access to.
      ‘the site would have to be convenient for London’
      • ‘We are pleased to offer to the market this terraced house, convenient for access to all local amenities and transport links.’
      • ‘The property is also convenient for a number of local schools.’
      • ‘London Gatwick Airport is convenient for The English Language Centre in Brighton.’
      within easy reach of, close to, well placed for, well situated for, handy for, just around the corner from, within walking distance of, at close quarters to, not far from
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    3. 1.3Helpfully placed or occurring.
      ‘guests were relaxing beneath a convenient palm tree’
      • ‘The moving parties have not established that Nebraska is clearly a more appropriate and convenient forum than Ontario.’
      • ‘Also, it provides a convenient excuse to get rid of whistleblowers.’
      • ‘Yet a closer look at his record suggests that he is just a convenient scapegoat for a lot of people's stereotypes.’
      • ‘In northern areas, a solid snowdrift would provide a convenient launchpad over such a fence for deer.’
      • ‘From the advantage of a convenient tree you can watch your quarry and its behaviour.’
      • ‘It is somewhat troubling how convenient these security measures are in terms of keeping pesky reporters at bay.’
      • ‘The promissory note is a convenient tool, an additional guarantee to the bona fide commercial relationship.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, Santa is one of those convenient lies everyone benefits from and, therefore, upholds.’
      • ‘The feature of exporting text has the convenient inclusion of appropriate references by default.’
      • ‘It was very convenient, the trouble they had come across bringing about this solution.’
      • ‘They need somebody to blame, other than themselves, and he provides a most convenient target.’
      • ‘Water softeners provide a convenient environment for these bacteria to grow.’
      • ‘I had planned to stand in a convenient archway, watching the rain and working on the book in my head.’
      • ‘This classification provided a convenient loophole for vehicle manufacturers.’
      • ‘Most visitors opt to ski convenient routes near Lake McDonald outside West Glacier.’
      • ‘These measures provide a convenient list of factors to consider when simplifying individual tasks or multitask processes.’
      • ‘It is also true that the government's foreign adventures provide a convenient distraction from its domestic problems.’
      • ‘It could also provide a quick and convenient exit for a management team that might be losing their appetite for a fight.’
      • ‘What the transition from pounds and pence to euros and cents does is to provide a convenient smokescreen for a hike in prices.’
      • ‘The doctors responsible for children's heart surgery in Bristol provided convenient scapegoats.’
      favourable, advantageous, providential, auspicious, welcome, heaven-sent, beneficial, propitious, fortuitous, promising, encouraging, fruitful, opportune, happy, felicitous, profitable, gainful, rewarding, helpful, useful, valuable, timely, well timed, expedient
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘befitting, becoming, suitable’): from Latin convenient- assembling, agreeing, fitting, from the verb convenire (see convene).