[in-uh d-vur-tns]


the quality or condition of being inadvertent; heedlessness.
the act or effect of inattention; an oversight.

Nearby words

  1. inadequacy,
  2. inadequate,
  3. inadequate personality,
  4. inadequate stimulus,
  5. inadmissible,
  6. inadvertency,
  7. inadvertent,
  8. inadvertently,
  9. inadvisability,
  10. inadvisable

Origin of inadvertence

From the Medieval Latin word inadvertentia, dating back to 1560–70. See inadvertency, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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