inconvenient

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inconvenient not suited to your comfort, purpose or needs "it is inconvenient not to have a telephone in the kitchen","the back hall is an inconvenient place for the telephone"
    • adj inconvenient not conveniently timed "an early departure is inconvenient for us"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inconvenient Not becoming or suitable; unfit; inexpedient.
    • Inconvenient Not convenient; giving trouble, uneasiness, or annoyance; hindering progress or success; uncomfortable; disadvantageous; incommodious; inopportune; as, an inconvenient house, garment, arrangement, or time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inconvenient Not convenient. Giving trouble or uneasiness; embarrassing; incommodious; inopportune: as, an inconvenient house; inconvenient customs.
    • inconvenient Unfit; unsuitable; inexpedient.
    • inconvenient Synonyms Troublesome, cumbrous, cumbersome, unwieldy, awkward, unhandy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inconvenient in-kon-vēn′yent unsuitable: causing trouble or uneasiness: increasing difficulty: incommodious
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
  • Johnson
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    “If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience. You will find it a calamity.”
  • Richard Hooker
    Richard Hooker
    “Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.”
  • Gottfried Reinhardt
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    “Money is good for bribing yourself through the inconveniences of life.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “It is a good and gentle religion, but inconvenient.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inconveniens, unbefitting: cf. F. inconvénient,. See In- not, and Convenient

Usage

In literature:

It is only by reason of its falseness and inconvenience that it becomes absurd.
"Homes And How To Make Them" by Eugene Gardner
This course may be inconvenient, but such an emergency requires inconveniences to be encountered.
"The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902)" by John O'Rourke
This method will be found to cause certain inconveniences.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
This inconvenience, however, is of little consequence, since these winds are never known to be of long duration.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Phosphate of ammonia alone has none of these inconveniences.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
In the state of nature, without question, mankind was subjected to many and great inconveniences.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
But that they should be at once very dear, very bad, and most inconveniently scarce, baffled and still baffles me.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
We would not have you put yourself to the inconvenience, not to mention the hazard from drafts.
"The Cab of the Sleeping Horse" by John Reed Scott
These inconveniences are of a general nature, and irremediable.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
If both were bad, why has this ministry incurred all the inconveniences of both and of all schemes?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
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In poetry:

Then, peering round with curious eyes,
He muttered "Goodness gracious!"
And so went on to criticise -
"Your room's an inconvenient size:
It's neither snug nor spacious.
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
A curious eye is pleas'd to scan
The fashions follow'd up by man;
Though 'tis ridiculous to have them,
He thinks it would be more to wave them;
With all their folly he'll pursue,
And all their inconvenience too.
"The Wig" by William Hutton

In news:

Although I felt sorry for the tourists and travelers in the State of Minnesota having to experience the inconvenience of not having a rest area open so they could have a break and go to the rest room.
Long before Al Gore invented the Internet or made us aware of An Inconvenient Truth, a book was published that altered our awareness of the natural world and arguably founded modern ecology .
Previously, fuel efficient meant small and inconvenient cars, Fields said.
For too many people, it's an inconvenience that causes them to delay testing, or not have it done at all.
Remember when both the Spurs and Heat were going to run over the Thunder and Celtics like they were minor inconveniences at best.
Shrewsbury Township man fled officer because it was an "inconvenience" to stop.
Residents of the 28 apartments on the Upper East Side who are being temporarily displaced as the MTA builds the Second Avenue Subway will be getting some monetary perks for their inconvenience.
Even minor inconveniences can get to you after a while.
It took only a moment Sunday for the latest in a string of frustrating road defeats to look like a minor inconvenience in the mixed-up world of the Seattle Seahawks.
A new documentary by the director of An Inconvenient Truth throws fuel on the fire.
The former vice president and face of "An Inconvenient Truth" fears global warming is slipping off the radar.
The city will hopefully be closer to normal by Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, though New Yorkers will have to deal with some inconveniences over the next few days as the city cleans up from Hurricane Sandy.
Inconveniently, the auto climate controls are located directly to the right of the steering wheel, which is where I'd prefer the infotainment system controls to be.
View full size The Associated Press In this January 2007 file photo, former US Vice President Al Gore speaks in front of a poster for his documentary film on global warming, "An Inconvenient Truth," during the Japanese premier in Tokyo.
Kim's store faces inconvenient end in Soulpepper play.
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In science:

They are very inconvenient to process while being surprisingly common in practice.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
The complicated explicit dependence of Jmax on ǫ(t), makes dealing with Eq. (2.6) rather inconvenient (see for such an approach).
Quantum Optimal Control Theory of Harmonic Generation
The inconvenience with GP models is the unfavorable O(n3 ) scaling in the inference time and O(n2 ) in the memory requirements, where n is the size of the training set.
Speeding up the binary Gaussian process classification
Since for efficient implementations it is inconvenient (and usually not computationally efficient) to make m larger than the largest integer representable in a native integer type, one is restricted to m ≤ 264 on standard architectures.
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
At this point, this method might appear quite inconvenient, because of the difficulties involved in constructing explicitly Fock-Goncharov coordinates.
The BPS Spectrum Generator In 2d-4d Systems
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