American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Exhibiting a lack of attention; not attentive.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not attentive; not fixing the mind attentively; heedless; careless; negligent: as, an inattentive habit.
- Synonyms Abstracted, Preoccupied, etc. See absent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not attentive; not fixing the mind on an object; heedless; careless; negligent; regardless.
- adj. showing a lack of attention or care
- adj. not showing due care or attention
“Although lauded for his creative vision, he has faced criticism for what has been described as inattentive supervision.”
“The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, actually makes people hyper and inattentive, which is exactly what parents of children with ADHD are trying to avoid.”
“Sivak and Schoettle found that in 2005, 2,369 fatal accidents were blamed on "inattentive" driving – including eating, talking or using a phone.”
“Another way is that "inattentive" or distracted driving was recorded as a "primary" factor for just 7% of the 50,430 drivers involved in fatal accidents in 2008.”
“The very name of the people had crept into our language as a synonym for 'inattentive'; to do a Speck's day of work meant to do almost nothing at all.”
“Deputies said in the past year, they investigated 28 traffic crashes involving "inattentive" teen drivers.”
“We only just recently determined my oldest has ADHD, the "inattentive" subtype, and he's ten and in fourth grade.”
“Investigators described her as "inattentive," said she had room to change lanes and was "unprepared" to come to a complete stop.”
“Of course every imaginable behavior that could be deemed as "inattentive" couldn't be included or the bill would have run on for hundreds of pages, so the sponsor added this little phrase to cover all bases:”
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