unintentional: an inadvertent insult.
not attentive; heedless.
of, relating to, or characterized by lack of attention.

Origin of inadvertent

1645–55; abstracted from inadvertence, inadvertency; see -ent
Related formsin·ad·vert·ent·ly, adverb

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failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
resulting from heedless action; unintentional
Derived Formsinadvertently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadvertent

1650s, back-formation from inadvertence.

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