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1. The quality or habit of being inadvertent.
2. An instance of being inadvertent; an oversight.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin inadvertentia : Latin in-, not; see in-1 + Medieval Latin advertentia, advertence; see advertence.]


(ˌɪnədˈvɜːtəns) or


1. lack of attention; heedlessness
2. an instance or an effect of being inadvertent; oversight; slip


(ˌɪn ədˈvɜr tns)

1. the quality or condition of being inadvertent; heedlessness.
2. an oversight.
[1560–70; < Medieval Latin inadvertentia= Latin in- in-3 + advert(ere) to pay attention (see advert1)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inadvertence - an unintentional omission resulting from failure to notice something
omission - neglecting to do something; leaving out or passing over something
2.inadvertence - the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilitiesinadvertence - the trait of forgetting or ignoring your responsibilities
attentiveness - the trait of being observant and paying attention


[ˌɪnədˈvɜːtəns] Ninadvertencia f
by inadvertencepor inadvertencia, por descuido


nUngewolltheit f; it resulted from inadvertencees geschah versehentlich or aus Versehen
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Some of our sailors, whether out of treachery or inadvertence, had informed the pilots "that I was a stranger, and great traveller;" whereof these gave notice to a custom-house officer, by whom I was examined very strictly upon my landing.
And is no allowance to be made for inadvertence, or for spirits depressed by recent disappointment?
The primary inducement to conferring the power in question upon the Executive is, to enable him to defend himself; the secondary one is to increase the chances in favor of the community against the passing of bad laws, through haste, inadvertence, or design.