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

Definition of inattentive

: not attentive : not paying attention

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Other Words from inattentive

inattentively adverb
inattentiveness noun

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Students who reported often experiencing 6 or more inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were found to be ADHD symptom-positive, according to JAMA. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Alarming study shows link between digital media use and ADHD," 19 July 2018 He is charged with inattentive driving, failing to report the incident, official misconduct and tampering with physical evidence, a felony. Randall Chase, The Seattle Times, "Trial set for Delaware police chief in parking lot crash," 15 Oct. 2018 Other inattentive symptoms include misplacing things at work or home, being easily distracted by noises and frequently forgetting appointments and important obligations. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Children aren't the only ones with ADHD; adults get it as well," 17 May 2018 By then, inattentive patient care in Bedford had already proven to be fatal to one resident., "Secret VA nursing-home ratings hid poor quality care from public," 18 June 2018 Audiences no longer accept the inattentive dad who isn't sensitive to the needs of his kids., "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 13 June 2018 The separatists have long argued that their region is culturally distinct from the rest of Senegal and has suffered from inattentive governments. Washington Post, "World Digest: Jan. 6, 2018," 6 Jan. 2018 He was arrested and later issued three municipal traffic citations — inattentive driving, prohibited alcohol concentration, and his first OWI. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Francis man gets his first OWI due to a cheeseburger," 23 May 2018 Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, wrote a book describing an amiable but inattentive and unsophisticated president whose funny math disguised rising deficits. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Rex Tillerson is just the latest Trump aide to speak out after getting fired," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of inattentive

1692, in the meaning defined above

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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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