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[in-uh-ten-shuh n] /ˌɪn əˈtɛn ʃən/
lack of attention; negligence.
an act of neglect.
Origin of inattention
First recorded in 1700-10; in-3 + attention Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Constant to her master through beatings and bullyings, she could not stand incivility and inattention.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • Even then, the inattention of a single player may occasion an accident.

    The Orchestral Conductor Hector Berlioz
  • Mrs. Chalk, noticing his inattention at last, pulled up sharply.

  • Ten off for the sugar, and only five for inattention to religious instruction!

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He had written a little treatise on inattention, De Incogitantia,—in the vain hope of thus rousing his pupil to work.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • She had accused the girl of impudence and inattention, which had sounded bad.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
Word Origin and History for inattention

1710, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + attention.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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