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inattention

[in-uh-ten-shuh n]
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noun
  1. lack of attention; negligence.
  2. an act of neglect.
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Origin of inattention

First recorded in 1700–10; in-3 + attention
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Related Words

carelessnessnegligenceinadvertenceabstractionremissnessdisregardneglectdreaminess

Examples from the Web for inattention

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Historical Examples

  • Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.

  • At first she was tempted to turn away her eye with carelessness and inattention.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • Artois felt suddenly that Gaspare had some perfect excuse for his inattention.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Consciousness is opposed to habit, inattention, sleep, death.

  • He asked her pardon for his inattention; he had been dreaming of a possible happiness!

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker


Word Origin and History for inattention

n.

1710, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + attention.

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