in·​at·​ten·​tive | \ ˌi-nə-ˈten-tiv How to pronounce inattentive (audio) \

Definition of inattentive

: not attentive : not paying attention

Other Words from inattentive

inattentively adverb
inattentiveness noun

Examples of inattentive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To help inattentive drivers, even the most basic HR-V comes with forward-collision warning, collision-mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assistance. Car and Driver, 7 June 2022 The driver of the Chevrolet was cited with a charge of inattentive driving. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Cognitive behavioral therapy seemed to have stronger effects on inattentive symptoms than on hyperactive-impulsive ones, and effects did not depend on whether participants were already taking medication. Laura E. Knouse, The Conversation, 9 May 2022 Johnson pointed out that low-income patients and people of color already have to navigate a health care system that can be inattentive and discriminatory. Char Adams, NBC News, 7 May 2022 Hard, long turns at first base on singles, just itching to take the extra base on an inattentive outfielder. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 The Russian planners who sent the Orsk into the port were inattentive to the potential danger shows that no one is questioning decisions coming from the top, officials said. Arkansas Online, 2 Apr. 2022 Impulsive or inattentive behaviors that are characteristic of these disorders can be contributing factors for injuries and unintentional incidents, according to the meta-analysis. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 15 Feb. 2022 All of these accomplishments are noteworthy, even more so for Andrew, who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, inattentive type, as a third-grader at Piney Run Elementary School. Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inattentive

1692, in the meaning defined above

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“Inattentive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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in·​at·​ten·​tive | \ ˌi-nə-ˈten-tiv How to pronounce inattentive (audio) \

Kids Definition of inattentive

: not paying attention an inattentive student

Other Words from inattentive

inattentively adverb


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