un·​ob·​ser·​vant | \ ˌən-əb-ˈzər-vənt How to pronounce unobservant (audio) \

Definition of unobservant

: not observant: such as
a : not watchful or attentive unobservant of other people unobservant passersby
b : not careful to follow religious teachings or practices … a religious adventure that transformed a 34-year-old unobservant Jew to one of the leaders of the Jewish renewal movement …Publishers Weekly

Examples of unobservant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the most unobservant can’t fail to have noticed that mindfulness is everywhere, from gym classes to apps and corporate wellness programs. Popular Science, "Meditation cushions to make your practice more comfortable," 2 Jan. 2020 Kia does an excellent job of making both hybrids feel like normal cars, so the unobservant passenger might never notice a difference between an Optima with an electric motor and one without. Car and Driver, "2017 Kia Optima," 22 Feb. 2018 With a compliant or unobservant casino, that money can be reported as gambling winnings to the I.R.S. and deposited into a U.S. bank with minimal questioning. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "The Senate Starts to Look at Trump’s Businesses," 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of unobservant

1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Unobservant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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