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inattentive

[ in-uh-ten-tiv ]
/ ˌɪn əˈtɛn tɪv /
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adjective
not attentive; negligent: Inattentive or careless driving is a serious issue, and cell phones clearly contribute to it.
characterized by or exhibiting a lack of focus or concentration:Most children are occasionally inattentive, distractible, impulsive, or highly active.
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Origin of inattentive

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

OTHER WORDS FROM inattentive

in·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 forms of inattentive

inattention or inattentiveness, nouninattentively, adverb
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