An inconvenience is an annoying occurrence that makes you go out of your way, like the inconvenience of a detour that takes you off your usual route, or the inconvenience of the door bell ringing just as you are about to take a dish out of the oven.

The noun inconvenience, pronounced "in-cun-VEE-nyent," comes from the Latin word inconvenientia, from in-, meaning “not,” and convenient-, meaning “agreeing, fitting.” That meaning still holds true for inconvenience: something that doesn’t fit easily into your life, though it doesn't cause suffering, either. Use it to describe small irritations, like the inconvenience of an airport delay.

Definitions of inconvenience

n the quality of not being useful or convenient

the quality of being useful and convenient
inaccessibility, unavailability
the quality of not being available when needed
inopportuneness, untimeliness
the quality of occurring at an inconvenient time
Type of:
ineptness, unsuitability, unsuitableness
the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose

n an inconvenient discomfort

Type of:
discomfort, uncomfortableness
the state of being tense and feeling pain

n a difficulty that causes anxiety

troublesomeness, worriment
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awkwardness, cumbersomeness, unwieldiness
trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape
flea bite
a very minor inconvenience
fly in the ointment
an inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of something
the quality of being difficult to direct or control by reason of complexity
Type of:
difficultness, difficulty
the quality of being difficult

v cause inconvenience or discomfort to

bother, discommode, disoblige, incommode, put out, trouble
distress, straiten
bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
Type of:
affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
have an effect upon

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