inadvertent

[ in-uhd-vur-tnt ]
/ ˌɪn ədˈvɜr tnt /

adjective

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

Nearby words

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

Origin of inadvertent

1645–55; abstracted from inadvertence, inadvertency; see -ent

Related formsin·ad·vert·ent·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for inadvertent

inadvertent

/ (ˌɪnədˈvɜːtənt) /

adjective

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

inadvertent

adj.

1650s, back-formation from inadvertence.

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