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

  • adjective Marked by or resulting from carelessness; negligent.
  • adjective Not deliberate or considered; unintentional: synonym: careless.
  • adjective Not intending to be so; unwitting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not properly attentive; heedless; careless; negligent.
  • Unconscious; unintentional; accidental.
  • Synonyms Inattentive, unobservant, thoughtless.

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

  • adjective Not turning the mind to a matter; heedless; careless; negligent; inattentive.

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

  • adjective not intentional; not on purpose; not conscious

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

  • adjective happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally


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  • ‘But I would never take lightly a serious allegation backed up by evidence that there was a willful — and I emphasize willful, inadvertent is something else — willful disclosure, and I haven’t seen any evidence.’

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  • Mountain View, California-based Google called the inadvertent three-year-long collection

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  • Connecticut and states including Massachusetts and Illinois are demanding information on what Google calls the inadvertent gathering of data from wireless networks, such as e-mail and passwords, as it took pictures of streets and houses for its Street View service. Chronicle 2010

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  • We also tend to test those cognitive skills that we consider most relevant, which means that real life might provide the cohort with what could be termed inadvertent practice.

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  • Iowa associate athletic director Fred Mims said in the school's official response to the NCAA that the violations were "inadvertent" and that steps have been taken to ensure it won't happen again.

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