inadvertent

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adjective in·ad·ver·tent \ˌi-nəd-ˈvər-tənt\

Definition of inadvertent

  1. 1 :  not focusing the mind on a matter :  inattentive

  2. 2 :  unintentional an inadvertent omission

inadvertently

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Examples of inadvertent in a sentence

  1. an inadvertent encounter with a rattlesnake in the brush

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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

back-formation from inadvertence


First Known Use: 1653


INADVERTENT Defined for English Language Learners

inadvertent

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adjective in·ad·ver·tent \ˌi-nəd-ˈvər-tənt\

Definition of inadvertent for English Language Learners

  • : not intended or planned


INADVERTENT Defined for Kids

inadvertent

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adjective in·ad·ver·tent \ˌi-nəd-ˈvər-tənt\

Definition of inadvertent for Students

  1. :  not intended or deliberate :  accidental an inadvertent mistake

inadvertently

adverb


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