Examples of inadvertent in a Sentence
an inadvertent encounter with a rattlesnake in the brush
Recent Examples of inadvertent from the Web
Deron Coleman had an interception as time expired in the first half and had a chance to return it for a touchdown, but the play was blown dead by what appeared to be an inadvertent whistle.
South Florida’s warm, moist climate has long provided a congenial home for species from around the world, arriving as inadvertent stowaways on boats, through the region’s seaports or via the exotic pet trade.
Some of the coverage seemed to leave open the possibility that the help from Kaspersky may have been inadvertent.
Thanks to two turnovers and an inadvertent onside kick recovery, the Braves had possession for about 34 minutes (out of 48) and held the Wolves to an unofficial total of 51 yards of offense.
Thank You for Being Late offers invaluable, if perhaps inadvertent, insight into the technologists’ cold monomania.
The critique by Bush and Obama also obscured the inadvertent contribution both men had made to the rise of Trump.
Earlier, the news site 66.ru reported that two spectators had been hospitalized with serious injuries in an inadvertent strike by a state-of-the-art Ka-52 helicopter.
Even if inadvertent, this would effectively be a WMD attack against an ally the United States is pledged to defend.
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The Formation of Inadvertent
It may look innocent, but inadvertent belongs to a class of words that provoke anger in many people who care about language – to wit, the back-formation. Bucking the usual trend in which longer words are formed from shorter ones by the addition of an affix (for example, superficiality from superficial), back-formations are created by clipping off a piece of a longer word; in this case, inadvertent was back-formed from inadvertence or inadvertency. A fair number of these words populate English, including brainwash (from brainwashing), complicit (from complicity), escalate (from escalator), and televise (from television). Certain back-formations, such as liaise (which comes from liaison) rub some people the wrong way. While they are under no obligation to accept liaise, there is nothing inherently wrong with back-formations; they are just another way our language has of creating new words.
Origin and Etymology of inadvertent
First Known Use: 1653See Words from the same year
Synonymscasual, chance, fluky (also flukey), fortuitous, accidental, incidental, unintended, unintentional, unplanned, unpremeditated, unwitting
Antonymscalculated, deliberate, intended, intentional, planned, premeditated, premeditative, prepense, set
Related Wordscoincidental; freak, odd; aimless, arbitrary, desultory, haphazard, random; uncertain, unexpected, unforeseeable, unforeseen; coerced, forced, involuntary; unconscious, unprompted
Near Antonymscertain, destined, expected, fixed, foreordained, foreseeable, foreseen, inevitable, predestined, predetermined, predictable, preordained, prescribed, sure; conscious, freewill, knowing, unforced, voluntary, volunteer, willful (or wilful)
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