Definition of inconvenient in English:



  • Causing trouble, difficulties, or discomfort.

    ‘she telephoned frequently, usually at inconvenient times’
    • ‘Most of our industrial unrest comes at a time that is most inconvenient to the customer or to the general consumer.’
    • ‘Does he advocate the suppression of inconvenient facts about his businesses?’
    • ‘Or if passengers were treated like customers rather than inconvenient hangers-on.’
    • ‘Governments, after all, are the ones who can change the law when it is inconvenient.’
    • ‘Our moral authority is not an impediment that we can or should toss off when it is inconvenient.’
    • ‘Perhaps so much so that the actual historical evidence is somewhat troublesome and inconvenient.’
    • ‘His tactics to crush inconvenient questions, though, displayed the thug in him.’
    • ‘Of course the credits pose an inconvenient problem as they are unproductive and equally a turn-off.’
    • ‘If it became inconvenient, they might well switch to bus or train.’
    • ‘The more elaborate and inconvenient your system is, the more difficult it will be to penetrate your methods.’
    • ‘Does he not realise that the main reason most people don't use the bus is that they are slow, inconvenient and inefficient?’
    • ‘Everything is too much trouble, and it is made clear that your very presence is horribly inconvenient.’
    • ‘This is most inconvenient because it means I have to walk home from Heworth Church in the dark and, quite often, rain.’
    • ‘Their preference was for something old, but they were put off by the inconvenient layouts of the buildings and the decay in them.’
    • ‘This has proved to be both inconvenient and embarrassing to the mayor.’
    • ‘If one of the mistakes happens to have your name on it, it's going to be inconvenient for you, and there are other problems.’
    • ‘But public transport is still unavailable to many, and often inconvenient when available.’
    • ‘This means that it is better to ignore incoming calls, if it is inconvenient or dangerous to answer them.’
    • ‘The norm, however, required the evasion of a few inconvenient facts.’
    • ‘These people often cause trouble by creating work that is difficult, inconvenient and disturbing.’
    awkward, difficult, unsuitable, inappropriate, troublesome, bothersome, problematic, disruptive
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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.