Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality or habit of being inadvertent.
  • noun An instance of being inadvertent; an oversight.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition or character of being inadvertent; inattention; negligence; heedlessness.
  • noun An effect of inattention; an oversight, mistake, or fault proceeding from mental negligence.
  • noun Synonyms Oversight, etc. See negligence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being inadvertent; lack of heedfulness or attentiveness; inattention; negligence.
  • noun An effect of inattention; a result of carelessness; an oversight, mistake, or fault from negligence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state or quality of being inadvertent; inadvertency; heedlessness; carelessness; negligence.
  • noun An effect or result of inattention; an oversight or mistake from negligence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilities
  • noun an unintentional omission resulting from failure to notice something

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin inadvertentia : Latin in-, not; see in– + Medieval Latin advertentia, advertence; see advertence.]

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