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inadvertent

[in-uh d-vur-tnt] /ˌɪn ədˈvɜr tnt/
adjective
1.
unintentional:
an inadvertent insult.
2.
not attentive; heedless.
3.
of, relating to, or characterized by lack of attention.
Origin of inadvertent
1645-1655
1645-55; abstracted from inadvertence, inadvertency; see -ent
Related forms
inadvertently, adverb
Synonyms
2. inattentive. 3. thoughtless, careless, negligent.
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Examples from the Web for inadvertently
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  • And you, if I may say so, took away my umbrella, inadvertently of course.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • I was so furious that I inadvertently looked into the cabin viewplate.

    Competition James Causey
  • So Arnold hastened to try and pacify the anger that he had inadvertently roused.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • But inadvertently his eye caught the name “Blake” on one of the envelopes.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • If they do this inadvertently, they apologise to the person or thing.

British Dictionary definitions for inadvertently

inadvertent

/ˌɪnədˈvɜːtənt/
adjective
1.
failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
2.
resulting from heedless action; unintentional
Derived Forms
inadvertently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadvertently
adv.

1670s, literally "inattentively," hence "unintentionally;" see inadvertent + -ly (2).

inadvertent

adj.

1650s, back-formation from inadvertence.

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