unobservant

adjective
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, 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, 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, 12 May 2017

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First Known Use of unobservant

1615, in the meaning defined above

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“Unobservant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unobservant. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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