inattentive

adjective
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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Pugh plays Dani, a young woman who, in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy, accompanies her inattentive boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) and his friends to a remote Swedish folk festival celebrating the summer solstice. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Midsommar Star Florence Pugh Swears Her Cult-y Horror Breakup Movie Isn't That Scary," 20 June 2019 The cost of violating the texting-while-driving law in Wisconsin is an inattentive driving ticket and four points on your license. Keith Schubert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driving to Illinois? New 'hands-free' law takes effect to decrease distracted driving," 1 July 2019 As the leader of Jethro Tull since its inception, Anderson has often been referred to by many inattentive fans as a person named Jethro Tull. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull bites the bullet for 50th anniversary tour," 30 June 2019 Audiences no longer accept the inattentive dad who isn't sensitive to the needs of his kids. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 Audiences no longer accept the inattentive dad who isn't sensitive to the needs of his kids. Maia Efrem, refinery29.com, "The Movies That Get Fatherhood All Wrong — & The Ones That Get It Right," 15 June 2019 Driving one in a world of speed limits and inattentive Prius drivers requires major restraint. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of inattentive

1692, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inattentive was in 1692

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inattentive

adjective
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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