[ in-uhd-vur-tns ]
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  1. the quality or condition of being inadvertent; heedlessness.

  2. 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

Words Nearby inadvertence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use inadvertence in a sentence

  • Provision was also made for the case of publication of libellous matter by inadvertence in newspapers.

  • They were like two men who by inadvertence had attempted to pass through a narrow doorway abreast.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • Whatever her sins, they were not sins of intention, but of inadvertence, and why should she have been punished so persistently?

  • It is difficult to believe that this is not due rather to malignity than inadvertence.

  • By inadvertence, the conversation had touched on a topic concerning which Brand was always either vague or silent.

    The Pillar of Light | Louis Tracy

British Dictionary definitions for inadvertence



/ (ˌɪnədˈvɜːtəns) /

  1. lack of attention; heedlessness

  2. an instance or an effect of being inadvertent; oversight; slip

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