inconvenience

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v inconvenience to cause inconvenience or discomfort to "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
    • n inconvenience a difficulty that causes anxiety
    • n inconvenience the quality of not being useful or convenient
    • n inconvenience an inconvenient discomfort
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inconvenience That which gives trouble, embarrassment, or uneasiness; disadvantage; anything that disturbs quiet, impedes prosperity, or increases the difficulty of action or success; as, one inconvenience of life is poverty. "A place upon the top of Mount Athos above all clouds of rain, or other inconvenience .""Man is liable to a great many inconveniences ."
    • Inconvenience The quality or condition of being inconvenient; lack of convenience; unfitness; unsuitableness; inexpediency; awkwardness; as, the inconvenience of the arrangement. "They plead against the inconvenience , not the unlawfulness, . . . of ceremonies in burial."
    • v. t Inconvenience To put to inconvenience; to incommode; as, to inconvenience a neighbor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inconvenience The quality of being inconvenient; want of convenience.
    • n inconvenience Incommodiousness; embarrassing character; troublesomeness; unfitness: as, the inconvenience of an ill-planned house.
    • n inconvenience That which incommodes or gives trouble or uneasiness; anything that impedes or hampers; disadvantage; difficulty.
    • n inconvenience Synonyms Awkwardness, unwieldiness, incommodiousness, trouble, annoyance.
    • inconvenience To put to inconvenience; incommode.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inconvenience to trouble or incommode
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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.”
  • 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
    Gottfried Reinhardt
    “Money is good for bribing yourself through the inconveniences of life.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
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    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Every convenience brings its own inconveniences along with it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inconvenientia, inconsistency: cf. OF. inconvenience,

Usage

In literature:

The pain was for Hamilton and myself, but the public experienced no inconvenience.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Could the Honourable Company be swayed by so paltry a consideration in subjecting us to so grievous an inconvenience?
"Notes of a Twenty-Five Years' Service in the Hudson's Bay Territory" by John M'lean
A lady should never keep a caller waiting without sending to see whether a delay of a few minutes will inconvenience the caller.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
On the contrary, it must lead to inconvenience.
"International Conference Held at Washington for the Purpose of Fixing a Prime Meridian and a Universal Day. October, 1884." by Various
Operative interference is only indicated when the tumour is giving rise to inconvenience.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
It seemed that, for the moment at any rate, they had escaped the inconvenience of battle.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
To send it out in silver was subject to two manifest inconveniences.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Travelers frequently experience inconvenience from change of water.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Hunger was the only serious inconvenience to which I was immediately exposed.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I know it will be inconvenient, but you will put up with inconvenience.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
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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:

Inconvenient Facts Left Out.
An AP Fact Check found that both President Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney left out inconvenient facts and didn't tell the whole story about some of their plans during the first presidential debate.
The inconvenient truth of Melky Cabrera.
Company behind 'An Inconvenient Truth' to release Rumsfeld documentary.
Sleepy pays an inconvenient visit.
Inconvenient truth' for military in combat study.
She brought up how in the past week or two she had been really preoccupied with how much of an inconvenience it would be to me.
I have since come to realize that inconvenience is just an aspect of how we love others.
An Inconvenient Truth': fascinating, troubling.
And you thought YOUR post office was inconvenient .
Rumble strip are inconvenient , but save lives Letter to the Editor.
Could shopping be any more inconvenient .
Pail provides convenience for inconvenient weather.
States' rights can be so inconvenient .
"Any project on Kellogg is an inconvenience , and especially when you're this close to the downtown area and this close to ramps," explains KDOT Spokesman Tom Hein.
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In science:

Eq. (13) leads to an acceptable but very inconvenient gauge fixing procedure.
Problems in Lattice Gauge Fixing
In order to avoid this seeming inconvenience (at least asymptotically), one may weight the average in the root-mean-square by the reciprocals of the model probabilities associated with the various bins, obtaining the classic χ2 statistic of Pearson (1900); see Remark 3.1 below.
Computing the confidence levels for a root-mean-square test of goodness-of-fit, II
It is inconvenient to classify motions by means of the velocity potential UV (M , Q, m, q , E , R) depending on all five parameters {M , Q, m, q , E , R}.
Some peculiarities of motion of neutral and charged test particles in the field of a spherically symmetric charged object in General Relativity
In the relativistic case, the unbounded speed of thermal disturbances implied by the parabolic nature of the heat equation is more than mere inconvenience, it is indeed a fundamental problem.
Heat conduction in relativistic systems: alternatives and perspectives
We devised a problem in which we guessed the posterior would be at the minimum very badly scaled and would probably have an inconvenient shape.
Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference
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