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

  • n. Inadvertence.

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  • n. inadvertence or heedlessness

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as inadvertence.

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

  • n. the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilities


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  • I am, however, far from intending to insinuate, that feelings of this nature will prevail on your Lordship to consider real blemishes merely as the effects of an inadvertency, which is excusable in proportion to the intricacy of a subject.

    An Essay on the Lyric Poetry of the Ancients

  • I much prefer how it looks here to the appearance of the 70mm print that turned up in Britain last year, faded to amber appropriately elegiac, maybe, but that kind of inadvertency can pall.

    Archive 2008-12-14

  • Hereupon Nur al-Huda laughed till she fell backwards and rolled round on her side. 145 Then she said to him, “O my friend, take thy time and observe me attentively: answer me at thy leisure what I shall ask thee and put away from thee insanity and perplexity and inadvertency for relief is at hand.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This inadvertency of having placed one for the other is a fault which must be corrected.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • It is not easy for the mind to put off those confused notions and prejudices it has imbibed from custom, inadvertency, and common conversation.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Kind speeches like these addressed by a little girl to a gentleman, and spoken by a strange inadvertency in company, and when other gentlemen and ladies were present, were not likely to render Mr. Warrington very eager for the society of the young American lady.

    The Virginians

  • If it is so in your world it is so by inadvertency.

    A Modern Utopia

  • He was no sooner waked from his reverie, than he begged pardon, and offered to make all proper concessions for what he had done through mere inadvertency.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Adeline, observing the change, at first attributed it to accident, and afterwards to a temporary displeasure, arising from some little inadvertency in her conduct.

    The Romance of the Forest

  • Our lover, imputing his behaviour to inadvertency, informed the gentleman of his mistake, and civilly desired he would rectify his error.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle


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