the quality or condition of being inadvertent; heedlessness.
the act or effect of inattention; an oversight.
Origin of inadvertence
From the Medieval Latin
dating back to 1560–70.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for inadvertence
Historical Examples of inadvertence
Say it was a mistake on your part,—an inadvertence,—and done without my knowledge.
This word escaped Schomberg by inadvertence at which he became frightened.
I had, in a moment of inadvertence, created for myself a tie.
Here, again, we have to regret and remark the inadvertence of youth.
The least inadvertence may rob us of the public favor so hard to be acquired.
British Dictionary definitions for inadvertence
lack of attention; heedlessness
an instance or an effect of being inadvertent; oversight; slip
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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).
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