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

Examples of inattentive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By then, inattentive patient care in Bedford had already proved fatal to one resident. USA TODAY, "Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public," 17 June 2018 Maybe this is why plagues—being considered insufficiently hierarchical in nature, too inattentive to income disparity—were long ago relegated to history in the American imagination, or to other continents. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "The American Exception," 10 Apr. 2020 Soma Vine Village, a bit further down the road, was utterly forgettable, with inattentive servers at the restaurant during lunch and flat, uninspiring wines at the tasting room. Vindu Goel, New York Times, "India’s Wine Country: A Charming Work in Progress," 2 Mar. 2020 Three professional Frisbee players died in Michigan over the weekend after their vehicle was struck from behind by a speeding and inattentive driver, officials say. Fox News, "3 professional Frisbee players die in Michigan car accident: report," 4 Mar. 2020 Going into an election year, Democrats can look distracted by impeachment and inattentive to Americans’ economic concerns. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Speaker Pelosi, Midwest factory workers and farmers have lost patience. Replace NAFTA with USMCA," 1 Dec. 2019 To discipline his inattentive son, his father, who was chairman of the local draft board, got his son drafted. BostonGlobe.com, "Decades later, as chief executive of Houston-based Browning-Ferris Industries, the nation’s second-largest trash-disposal company, he expanded its presence into New York and worked with law enforcement to help break mob control of the city’s trash collection.," 28 Nov. 2019 While the disorder is often associated with hyperactivity, many women with ADHD (who often go undiagnosed far longer than men) tend to be inattentive, struggling to stay focused and organized. Rachel Simon, Glamour, "The Overwhelming Aggravation of Shopping with ADHD," 24 Jan. 2020 Sometimes at polo matches, the crowd, especially in the VIP areas, can be inattentive, but polo being the hometown sport, the Greenwich fans were enthusiastically engaged as Audi came from behind for the win, 12 to 7 in six chukkers. Alan Behr, chicagotribune.com, "Horseshoes and straw hats: a day of polo in Connecticut," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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24 May 2020

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“Inattentive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inattentive. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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