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[in-uh d-vur-tns] /ˌɪn ədˈvɜr tns/
the quality or condition of being inadvertent; heedlessness.
the act or effect of inattention; an oversight.
Origin of inadvertence
From the Medieval Latin word inadvertentia, dating back to 1560-70. See inadvertency, -ence Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inadvertence
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  • Say it was a mistake on your part,—an inadvertence,—and done without my knowledge.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • This word escaped Schomberg by inadvertence at which he became frightened.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • I had, in a moment of inadvertence, created for myself a tie.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Here, again, we have to regret and remark the inadvertence of youth.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The least inadvertence may rob us of the public favor so hard to be acquired.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • “Pardon me, kind aunt, for the inadvertence of my expression,” he exclaimed.

    The Settlers William H. G. Kingston
  • I will not deal with not things at all, except by accident and inadvertence.

    First and Last Things H. G. Wells
  • It was a pity, but it was an inadvertence, and no dishonourable action.

    Salem Chapel, v.1/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • Continue in pious conduct, beware of inadvertence; but do not mourn for my absence, will you?'

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • Do not commit, therefore, any inadvertence while living the householder's life.'

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
British Dictionary definitions for inadvertence


lack of attention; heedlessness
an instance or an effect of being inadvertent; oversight; slip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inadvertence

mid-15c., from Middle French inadvertance (14c.), from Scholastic Latin inadvertentia, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + advertentia, from Latin advertere "to direct one's attention to," literally "to turn toward" (see advertise).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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