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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. 2018.
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  • Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.

  • At first she was tempted to turn away her eye with carelessness and inattention.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Artois felt suddenly that Gaspare had some perfect excuse for his inattention.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • Consciousness is opposed to habit, inattention, sleep, death.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • He asked her pardon for his inattention; he had been dreaming of a possible happiness!

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • In these, as in all exercises, there is an inattention to general instructions.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
Word Origin and History for inattention

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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