Definition of inconvenience in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state or fact of being troublesome or difficult with regard to one's personal requirements or comfort.

    ‘the inconvenience of having to change trains’
    • ‘With nuisances that cause personal discomfort and inconvenience, such as noise or smell, it will be more difficult to apply general principles.’
    • ‘Often such duty-based helping concern causes considerable personal sacrifice or inconvenience to the leader.’
    • ‘I am doubly grateful, therefore, that he is here, in spite of considerable personal inconvenience.’
    • ‘It is rather the other way about: the injury to the amenity of the land consists in the fact that the persons on it are liable to suffer inconvenience, annoyance or illness.’
    • ‘Every year over a million elderly people suffer the pain and inconvenience of broken bones.’
    • ‘However, while inconvenience for many people had been substantial, it was a near miracle that no serious damage to property had occurred.’
    • ‘Not only did it cause inconvenience for people but the council must have lost a lot of revenue with lost parking tickets.’
    • ‘The old wires and shortage of posts often cause inconvenience to people and also cause damage to the transformer.’
    • ‘It is not clear if patients regard such inconvenience and disturbance as worth while to obtain accurate readings or what patients feel about the alternatives.’
    • ‘Besides the badly scarred skin, the failure can damage patients' urethra and rectum, which causes inconvenience and severe pain.’
    • ‘They decided to spare the authorities any inconvenience and leave the people shivering with cold.’
    • ‘The 48-hour strikes would mean huge personal inconvenience.’
    • ‘It is going to cause hardship and inconvenience to many people.’
    • ‘The parents of these children neither know, nor care where they are, so long as they are not causing them any inconvenience, or harassing people in their own locality.’
    • ‘Most authors on the subject state that people with colour blindness will adapt without any serious inconvenience or problems.’
    • ‘Hess said his fingers go white in cold temperatures, and he will continue to suffer pain and inconvenience as a result.’
    • ‘This is bound to cause inconvenience to users but is surely worthwhile given the long-term benefits of the project.’
    • ‘It needs to be cherished and supported, even if this involves a certain amount of personal inconvenience.’
    • ‘Apart from causing public nuisance and inconvenience to the commuters this also leads to road accidents.’
    • ‘Besides personal inconvenience, there are environmental and economic impacts to this situation as well.’
    trouble, bother, problems, disruption, nuisance value, disadvantage, difficulty, embarrassment, disturbance, vexation, harassment, worry, anxiety, distress, concern, disquiet, unease, irritation, annoyance, stress, agitation, unpleasantness
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A cause of trouble or difficulty.
      ‘the inconveniences of life in a remote city’
      • ‘In these films, everyone who deserves to be happy ends up with what he or she desires, despite any temporary inconveniences or minor setbacks.’
      • ‘Anyway, we had a lot of inconveniences.’
      • ‘Some are asked to endure hardships and inconveniences never experienced by most people.’
      • ‘It is characterised by a lack of vitamins in the human body after the hard winter, a time when people are far more susceptible to various unwelcome sicknesses and physical inconveniences.’
      • ‘We have supported the changes at the Hardenhuish Sports Club complex even though we have been adversely affected by noise and other inconveniences.’
      • ‘In total contrast, the English bishops recited the problems and inconveniences surrounding abstinence.’
      • ‘We are concerned only with how we can make things better in our lives, and if it creates problems or inconveniences for anyone else, it doesn't matter, because we need this or that for ourselves.’
      • ‘But I'm also sure that as we find ourselves more secure again - once again secure in our own society, that some of the things that are inconveniences now will go away and go back to our normal way of doing business.’
      • ‘Add these little inconveniences and inefficiencies up, and multiply them by millions of people, and you probably have a significant drag on the economy.’
      • ‘He has plunged too many depths to be upset by small set backs or inconveniences.’
      • ‘The setbacks might range from muddy inconveniences to life-threatening crossings, and it remains for each driver to make a realistic and cautious assessment of the road ahead.’
      • ‘On the eve of a bus strike that is expected to cause daily inconveniences for Lower Mainland transit users, disgruntled bus workers said the company that runs the service is treating them unfairly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The union is expected to start with an overtime ban, which will likely result in minor inconveniences like delays in moving patients around the hospital and meal deliveries, said Adams.’
      • ‘All we are really doing is causing greater problems and inconveniences for each other.’
      • ‘These are minor inconveniences compared with the catastrophe that we are trying to avert, he could have said, and we ask for the patience and understanding of people subjected to greater inquiries about their purposes.’
      • ‘The essential point is that people who read and write weblogs, like those who see value in Usenet, or those who rely on email, are prepared to put up with a few inconveniences for the sake of the benefits of their chosen communications medium.’
      • ‘I think we're all going to have inconveniences.’
      • ‘The other artists are those who tend to ignore what is comforting and instead champion life's difficulties, contradictions and inconveniences.’
      • ‘Those who have pushed for copyright maximization over the past decade or so have been able to do so unfettered by inconveniences like public deliberation or even serious attention.’
      nuisance, trouble, bother, source of annoyance, source of disruption, source of irritation, source of vexation, vexation, worry, trial, tribulation, bind, pest, bore, plague, irritant, thorn in someone's flesh, cross to bear, the bane of someone's life, burden, hindrance, problem
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  • Cause trouble or difficulty to.

    ‘noise and fumes from traffic would inconvenience residents’
    • ‘He agreed that while residents will be inconvenienced, it is worthwhile, as their living conditions will improve.’
    • ‘Our law enforcing agencies and especially the intelligence wings can study the situation around the Parliament House in Delhi and plan security measures without inconveniencing the public.’
    • ‘They argue that Hualien residents have been inconvenienced and subject to disrespect and distrust.’
    • ‘I can invite people round without worrying about inconveniencing anyone!’
    • ‘He had even parked on the other side of the road, facing the oncoming traffic so that he wouldn't be inconvenienced by having to move to the passenger seat.’
    • ‘The bath is open all day, making it possible for me to go swimming with a disability, not inconveniencing others.’
    • ‘We will be able to scan in-patients when they need it without inconveniencing out-patients.’
    • ‘This worries some insiders that visitors and participants will be inconvenienced.’
    • ‘Eccrine sweat is initially odourless, but patients are embarrassed and inconvenienced by having sodden clothing and damp hands.’
    • ‘The poor condition of the tracks and ice on the rails contributed to the demise of Missoula's remaining horse-drawn streetcars, inconveniencing residents, university students in particular.’
    • ‘Members of Fulford Parish Council fear residents will be greatly inconvenienced by the loss of the Main Street petrol station and its small shop.’
    • ‘He said residents in Kilcoo and Castlewellan were extremely inconvenienced by last Tuesday's operation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are several ways for people with legitimate questions or difficulties to find help without inconveniencing hundreds of others.’
    • ‘‘I am concerned about the continuing number of breakdowns of service which is inconveniencing passengers on the Sligo to Dublin line,’ said Deputy Ellis.’
    • ‘Allette said the roadblocks inconvenienced some residents and could have caused problems in an emergency.’
    • ‘Mr Sichimba said it was illegal for people to rear goats in residential areas as they were inconveniencing other residents.’
    • ‘A designated smoking room works because it accommodates those who choose to smoke without inconveniencing those who don't.’
    • ‘Failure to participate in tournaments of such magnitude at the eleventh hour, he added, would be costly as the organisers demand heavy fines for inconveniencing them.’
    • ‘Also that some have been inconvenienced, with difficulties in reaching Bootham.’
    trouble, bother, put out, put someone to trouble, be a problem to, disrupt, be a nuisance to, disadvantage, cause someone difficulty, impose on, burden, harass, plague, beset, embarrass, disturb
    vex, worry, annoy, upset, irritate
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Late Middle English (originally in the sense ‘incongruity’, also ‘unsuitability’): via Old French from late Latin inconvenientia incongruity, inconsistency, from in- not + Latin convenient- agreeing, fitting (see convenient).