- the quality or condition of being inadvertent; heedlessness.
- the act or effect of inattention; an oversight.
Origin of inadvertence
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Examples from the Web for inadvertence
Say it was a mistake on your part,—an inadvertence,—and done without my knowledge.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
I had, in a moment of inadvertence, created for myself a tie.
This word escaped Schomberg by inadvertence at which he became frightened.
Here, again, we have to regret and remark the inadvertence of youth.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh
William Makepeace Thackeray
The least inadvertence may rob us of the public favor so hard to be acquired.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
- lack of attention; heedlessness
- an instance or an effect of being inadvertent; oversight; slip
Word Origin and History for inadvertence
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