1 disadvantage, discomfort, pain, trouble, bother, annoyance, nuisance, awkwardness, disturbance, disruption, burden, drawback, hindrance, impediment, difficulty, upset:
How are you coping with the inconvenience of walking with crutches?
2 cumbersomeness, unwieldiness, burdensomeness, onerousness, troublesomeness, disadvantageousness, awkwardness, inappropriateness, untimeliness:
The delay has led to considerable public inconvenience.
3 discommode, trouble, incommode, disturb, disrupt, upset, put out, bother, annoy, irritate, irk:
Would it inconvenience you to meet me at the station?
considerable, great, serious | minor | public
The rail strike is likely to cause considerable public inconvenience.
VERB + INCONVENIENCE
have, suffer | avoid
I chose a different route to avoid the inconvenience of going through the town centre.
| cause (sb), put sb to
I don't want to put you to any inconvenience.
| minimize, save (sb)
You could have fetched me from the airport and saved me the inconvenience of having to take the bus!
| apologize for, regret
This shop is closed today for staff training. We regret any inconvenience caused.
INCONVENIENCE + VERB
arise from sth
inconvenience arising from errors in the timetable
Every effort will be made to minimize inconvenience to customers while work is in progress.
with a minimum of inconvenience
The club management will try to ensure that the building work is carried out with the minimum of inconvenience to guests. verb
The general public has been greatly inconvenienced by this strike.
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