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

  • n. Lack of attention, notice, or regard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Want of attention, or failure to pay attention; disregard; heedlessness; neglect.
  • n. An act of neglect; failure of courtesy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Lack of attention, or failure to pay attention; disregard; heedlessness; neglect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Want of attention; failure to fix the mind attentively on an object or a subject; heedlessness; negligence.
  • n. An act of neglect; failure of courtesy.

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

  • n. lack of attention


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  • I've heard a lot the term inattention blindness used a lot - this is what happens, people have their eyes straight ahead, but they see nothing; they're minds are on the phone and their minds are elsewhere.

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  • The real problem is the inattention from the State towards to those faraway areas.

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  • DEAR DISAPPOINTED: Perhaps this chiropractor's inattention is due more to his lack of organizational skills and less a referendum on your marriage.

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  • The current 20-40-year-olds probably won't do politics again; they'll do environmental stuff and bike and have kids, and all the Palin types need is inattention from the moderates/progressives to win.

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  • If inattention is the cause for confusion then that's on the inattentive.

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  • The expression of inattention and noninvolvement exhibited by those who are physically close to an encounter in which they are not participants can be observed in an extreme form at times when an individual could join the encounter as far as its participants are concerned, but finds himself “psychologically” incapable of doing so.

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  • Habitual inattention is sometimes attributed to great genius, but we cannot endorse that idea.

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  • The homegrown Afghan insurgency was defeated in the 2001 invasion but allowed to regroup during several years of what Obama and his advisers call inattention by the Bush administration.

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  • Yes, he has no chance, but the inattention is a mistake.

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  • And so, if you can get people to step back and practice conscious inattention, which is really what I tell you how to do in this book, you'll find that things come to you.

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