Inattention In`at*ten"tion, n. [Pref. in- not + attention: cf. F. inattention.] Lack of attention, or failure to pay attention; disregard; heedlessness; neglect. [1913 Webster]

Novel lays attract our ravished ears; But old, the mind inattention hears. --Pope.

Syn: Inadvertence; heedlessness; negligence; carelessness; disregard; remissness; thoughtlessness; neglect.

Usage: {Inattention}, {Inadvertence}. We miss seeing a thing through inadvertence when do not happen to look at it; through inattention when we give no heed to it, though directly before us. The latter is therefore the worse. Inadvertence may be an involuntary accident; inattention is culpable neglect. A versatile mind is often inadvertent; a careless or stupid one is inattentive. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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