- not attentive; negligent.
Origin of inattentive
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heedless, oblivious, unmindful, preoccupied.
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Examples from the Web for inattentive
She never liked her mother—a frigid and inattentive woman—but adored her father.A Sex Addiction Expert Diagnoses Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’
March 23, 2014
The Row is understated, luxurious, and inattentive to trends.CFDA Honors Behind-the-Scenes Fashion Stars and Understated Style
June 5, 2012
Plotz was, by his own estimation, an inattentive Jew, a biblical ignoramus.Is God Evil?
The Daily Beast
March 11, 2009
You shall not complain of an inattentive or an irritable auditor.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He stopped suddenly, for he had glanced at M. Chevrial and found him inattentive.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
He was inattentive, and I perceived that he was profoundly perturbed.Chance
But when prayer is inattentive the mind does not ascend towards God.On Prayer and The Contemplative Life
St. Thomas Aquinas
He paused a moment, looking at the inattentive youth opposite him.Gilian The Dreamer
- not paying attention; heedless; negligent
Word Origin and History for inattentive
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper