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  • 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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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
  • Johnson
    “If the career you have chosen has some unexpected inconvenience, console yourself by reflecting that no career is without them.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “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.”
  • Mark Twain
    “It is a good and gentle religion, but inconvenient.”


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


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
I only wanted to save her from any inconvenience.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
If you are sure it will be no inconvenience.
"A Daughter of the Dons" by William MacLeod Raine
This has all the benefits which may be in change, without any of the inconveniences of mutation.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
This was a great inconvenience, and difficult for an impetuous temper to tolerate.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
The inconveniences attending the discharge of the piece were almost as great.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
This will not weigh against the inconveniences of a government of force, such as are monarchies and aristocracies.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Do you, or not, experience these inconveniences from our present plans?
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
This was inconvenient; and his mother made him draw back his stool a good way.
"The Crofton Boys" by Harriet Martineau
I should have felt an extreme repugnance to the having caused her such an inconvenience.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
At most, with his looseness of morality, he regards debt as an inconvenience, not as a calamity.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman

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.

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
Almost everything in [PPS00][§2.1–2.4] goes through for d-minimal structures, with very similar proofs (the only inconvenience is that G0 might not be definable, and hence some small changes are needed, as shown in the proofs of the following results).
Groups and rings definable in d-minimal structures
Another inconvenient of the GARCH model is the fact that, to ensure positiveness of the conditional variance, non-negative constraints on the coefficients in the variance equation must be imposed.
Multifractal random walks with fractional Brownian motion via Malliavin calculus
There is no top state or bottom state in this partial order if we restrict our attention to sets with finitely many red and blue points, which is inconvenient if we wish to run monotone-CFTP.
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
From an implementation standpoint, it is inconvenient (though possible) to create a data structure that can represent finite collections of red and blue points, as well as the uncountable collections of points that we would need to represent the top state in bottom state.
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
However, if operating Ge APDs is already inconvenient compared to Silicon APDs, the handiness of InGaAs APDs is even worse, the problem being a extremely high afterpulse fraction.
Quantum Cryptography
At first glance, the need to tune two angles is an inconvenience.
Computer simulation of the tevatron crystal extraction experiment
This condition can be easily relaxed, but it complicates the equations to an extent which is inconvenient for the purposes of the present review.
The detection of Gravitational Waves
The form of these matrix elements is rather inconvenient for searching for their properties depending on the matrix elements H12 of P H P .
A new interpretation of one CPT violation test for $K_0 - \bar{K}_0$ system
However, even though it is experimentally accessible, the field H induces a large scale spatial modulation associated with the vortex lattice, and is consequently an inconvenient choice for microscopic theoretical calculations.
Order and quantum phase transitions in the cuprate superconductors
In this way, the inconvenience to the speakers is minimized.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society