Definition of inconvenience noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnkənˈviːniəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkənˈviːniəns//
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  1. 1[uncountable] trouble or problems, especially concerning what you need or would like yourself We apologize for the delay and regret any inconvenience it may have caused. I have already been put to considerable inconvenience.
  2. 2[countable] a person or thing that causes problems or difficulties synonym nuisance I can put up with minor inconveniences.
  3. Word Originlate 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’ (from the verb convenire ‘assemble, agree, fit’, from con- ‘together’ + venire ‘come’).Extra examples I chose a different route to avoid the inconvenience of going through the town centre. I don’t want to put you to any inconvenience. The benefits of doing this usually outweigh the inconvenience. The club management will try to ensure that the building work is carried out with the minimum of inconvenience to guests. The rail strike is likely to cause considerable public inconvenience. This isn’t a mere inconvenience; it’s dangerous. This shop is closed today for staff training. We regret any inconvenience caused. You could have fetched me from the airport and saved me the inconvenience of having to take the bus! inconvenience arising from errors in the timetable
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