1. not easily accessible or at hand: The phone is in an inconvenient place.
  2. inopportune; untimely: an inconvenient time for a visit.
  3. not suiting one’s needs or purposes: The house has an inconvenient floor plan.


  1. not convenient; troublesome, awkward, or difficult

late 14c., “injurious, dangerous,” from Old French inconvĂ©nient (13c.), from Latin inconvenientem (nominative inconveniens) “unsuitable, not accordant, dissimilar,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + convenientem (see convenient). In early 15c., “inappropriate, unbecoming, unnatural;” also, of an accused person, “unlikely as a culprit, innocent.” Sense of “troublesome, awkward” first recorded 1650s.

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