- 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 inadvertently
Minutes into the rerelease of Grand Theft Auto V, I inadvertently stomped a cat to death.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
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Katniss walks through mountains of skeletons, at one point recoiling in horror as she inadvertently steps on a skull.'Mockingjay—Part 1’ Is the Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet
November 20, 2014
But she had no way to know for sure until August, when a legal filing was inadvertently made public by a federal court.The Secret Money Buying Wisconsin’s Laws
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Outed by a fellow Duke student, Knox inadvertently became a pronounced public figure when she spoke up for herself.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars
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Big Boy's radio show: it's all fun and games until you inadvertently reveal to your wife that you slept with Kim Kardashian.Nick Cannon’s Not a Gigolo, But He Had Sex with Kim Kardashian
August 22, 2014
And you, if I may say so, took away my umbrella, inadvertently of course.Howards End
E. M. Forster
I was so furious that I inadvertently looked into the cabin viewplate.Competition
So Arnold hastened to try and pacify the anger that he had inadvertently roused.The Fiery Totem
But inadvertently his eye caught the name “Blake” on one of the envelopes.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
If they do this inadvertently, they apologise to the person or thing.
- failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
- resulting from heedless action; unintentional
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Word Origin and History for inadvertently
1650s, back-formation from inadvertence.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper