inattentive


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in·at·ten·tive

 (ĭn′ə-tĕn′tĭv)
adj.
Exhibiting a lack of attention; not attentive.

in′at·ten′tive·ly adv.
in′at·ten′tive·ness n.

inattentive

(ˌɪnəˈtɛntɪv)
adj
not paying attention; heedless; negligent
ˌinatˈtention, ˌinatˈtentiveness n
ˌinatˈtentively adv

in•at•ten•tive

(ˌɪn əˈtɛn tɪv)

adj.
not attentive; negligent.
[1735–45]
in`at•ten′tive•ly, adv.
in`at•ten′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inattentive - showing a lack of attention or care; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter"
careless - marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful; "careless about her clothes"; "forgotten by some careless person"; "a careless housekeeper"; "careless proofreading"; "it was a careless mistake"; "hurt by a careless remark"
negligent - characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern; "negligent parents"; "negligent of detail"; "negligent in his correspondence"
attentive - (often followed by `to') giving care or attention; "attentive to details"; "the nurse was attentive to her patient"; "an attentive suitor"
2.inattentive - not showing due care or attention; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter"; "neglectful parents"
negligent - characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern; "negligent parents"; "negligent of detail"; "negligent in his correspondence"

inattentive

inattentive

adjective
1. So lost in thought as to be unaware of one's surroundings:
Idiom: a million miles away.
Translations
غَيْر مُنْتَبِه
nepozorný
uopmærksom
sem tekur illa eftir
dėmesio nebuvimasnedėmesingasnedėmesingumas
neuzmanīgs

inattentive

[ˌɪnəˈtentɪv] ADJ (= distracted) → desatento, distraído; (= neglectful) → poco atento
she accused him of being inattentive to her and the childrenlo acusó de no prestarles suficiente atención a ella y a los niños

inattentive

[ˌɪnəˈtɛntɪv] adj
[pupil, reader, audience] → inattentif/ive
[driver] → négligent(e)

inattentive

adjunaufmerksam; he was inattentive to her requestser beachtete ihre Wünsche nicht

inattentive

[ˌɪnəˈtɛntɪv] adjdisattento/a, distratto/a

inattentive

(inəˈtentiv) adjective
not paying attention; not attentive. This pupil is very inattentive in class; an inattentive audience.
ˌinatˈtention noun
ˌinatˈtentiveness noun
References in classic literature ?
He will be a completely gross, vulgar farmer, totally inattentive to appearances, and thinking of nothing but profit and loss.
She feared that under this persuasion she had been unjust, inattentive, nay, almost unkind, to her Elinor;-- that Marianne's affliction, because more acknowledged, more immediately before her, had too much engrossed her tenderness, and led her away to forget that in Elinor she might have a daughter suffering almost as much, certainly with less self-provocation, and greater fortitude.
If we take into the account the momentary humors or dispositions which may happen to prevail in particular parts of the society, and to which a wise administration will never be inattentive, is the man whose situation leads to extensive inquiry and information less likely to be a competent judge of their nature, extent, and foundation than one whose observation does not travel beyond the circle of his neighbors and acquaintances?
I never saw a more promising inclination; he was growing quite inattentive to other people, and wholly engrossed by her.
Now, Grandfather remembered that Charley had galloped away upon a stick in the midst of the narrative of poor Lady Arbella, and I know not whether he would have thought it worth while to tell another story merely to gratify such an inattentive auditor as Charley.
In this secluded abode of happiness there were no cross old women, no cruel step-dames, no withered spinsters, no lovesick maidens, no sour old bachelors, no inattentive husbands, no melancholy young men, no blubbering youngsters, and no squalling brats.
During the preceding dialogue, Mohegan retained his seat, with his head shrouded in his blanket, as seemingly inattentive to surrounding objects as the departing congregation was itself to the presence of the aged chief, Natty, also, continued on the log where he had first placed himself, with his head resting on one of his hands, while the other held the rifle, which was thrown carelessly across his lap.
Miss Crawford, untouched and inattentive, had nothing to say; and Fanny, perceiving it, brought back her own mind to what she thought must interest.
When Lurgan was told the tale later, he mourned aloud that he could not have been in the place of the stubborn, inattentive coolies, who with grass mats over their heads and the raindrops puddling in their footprints, waited on the wea- ther.
Crane seemed to have grown somewhat inattentive to the little lecture on antiquities and novelties, and the cause of his restlessness was soon apparent, and indeed approaching.
She never could learn or understand anything before she was taught; and sometimes not even then, for she was often inattentive, and occasionally stupid.
He built his apparatus himself in the safe privacy of the great Crystal Palace sheds, with the assistance of inattentive workmen, and the day next following his flight he took it to pieces single handed, packed certain portions, and then secured unintelligent assistance in packing and dispersing the rest.