- unintentional: an inadvertent insult.
- not attentive; heedless.
- of, relating to, or characterized by lack of attention.
Origin of inadvertent
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Examples from the Web for inadvertent
Despite the inadvertent hilarity, the real marvel of our mobile text-correction systems is how astoundingly good they are.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, July 26, 2014
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July 26, 2014
There are a number of inadvertent and purposeful ways for universities to skew their Clery Act numbers.No Rapes On Campus? No Way.
July 5, 2014
However, the tapped confabs gave investigators an inadvertent window on apparently shady dealings of an entirely different nature.France’s Ex-Prez Sarkozy Placed Under Formal Investigation for Corruption
July 2, 2014
Soon Lehrer was owning up to what he claimed were inadvertent errors.
Posner insisted to the end that the mistakes were inadvertent.
But I hope you will believe me when I assure you it was inadvertent.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
No doubt Mr. Churchill's failure to mention shippers was inadvertent.Socialism As It Is
William English Walling
They all had their origin in some inadvertent remark regarding the Hall.Antony Gray,--Gardener
Here an inadvertent confession of the growing affection he felt for her.Some Everyday Folk and Dawn
A few corrections have been made where inadvertent typographical errors were suspected.
- failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
- resulting from heedless action; unintentional
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Word Origin and History for inadvertent
1650s, back-formation from inadvertence.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper