[in-uh-ten-shuh n]


lack of attention; negligence.
an act of neglect.

Origin of inattention

First recorded in 1700–10; in-3 + attention Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inattention

Contemporary Examples of inattention

Historical Examples of inattention

  • 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.


    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!


    James Huneker

Word Origin and History for inattention

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper