inattention

noun in·at·ten·tion \ ˌi-nə-ˈten(t)-shən \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of inattention

: failure to pay attention

Examples of inattention in a Sentence

  1. Many traffic accidents are the result of driver inattention.

  2. They lost several potential clients through their inattention to detail.

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First Known Use of inattention

circa 1670

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INATTENTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of inattention for English Language Learners

  • : failure to carefully think about, listen to, or watch someone or something : lack of attention


INATTENTION Defined for Kids

inattention

noun in·at·ten·tion \ ˌi-nə-ˈten-shən \

Definition of inattention for Students

: failure to pay attention The accident resulted from the driver's inattention.


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