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
  1. noun
    the quality of not being useful or convenient
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    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
  2. noun
    an inconvenient discomfort
    synonyms: incommodiousness
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    discomfort, uncomfortableness
    the state of being tense and feeling pain
  3. noun
    a difficulty that causes anxiety
    synonyms: 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
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    difficultness, difficulty
    the quality of being difficult
  4. verb
    cause inconvenience or discomfort to
    synonyms: bother, discommode, disoblige, incommode, put out, trouble
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    distress, straiten
    bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
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    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
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