inattentive

[ in-uh-ten-tiv ]
/ ˌɪn əˈtɛn tɪv /

adjective

not attentive; negligent.

Nearby words

  1. inartistic,
  2. inasmuch,
  3. inasmuch as,
  4. inassimilable,
  5. inattention,
  6. inaudible,
  7. inaugural,
  8. inaugurate,
  9. inauguration,
  10. inauguration day

Origin of inattentive

First recorded in 1735–45; in-3 + attentive

Related formsin·at·ten·tive·ly, adverbin·at·ten·tive·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for inattentive

inattentive

/ (ˌɪnəˈtɛntɪv) /

adjective

not paying attention; heedless; negligent
Derived Formsinattention or inattentiveness, nouninattentively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for inattentive

inattentive

adj.

1741, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + attentive. Related: Inattentively; inattentiveness.

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