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Exhibiting a lack of attention; not attentive.

in′at·ten′tive·ly adv.
in′at·ten′tive·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inattentiveness - a lack of attentiveness (as to children or helpless people)
inattention - lack of attention
attentiveness, heed, paying attention, regard - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
2.inattentiveness - the trait of not being considerate and thoughtful of others
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
carelessness, sloppiness - the quality of not being careful or taking pains
attentiveness - the trait of being observant and paying attention
عَدَم إنْتِباه
manglende koncentrationuopmærksomhed
eftirtektarleysi; skeytingarleysi



(inəˈtentiv) adjective
not paying attention; not attentive. This pupil is very inattentive in class; an inattentive audience.
ˌinatˈtention noun
ˌinatˈtentiveness noun
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Another moment of defensive inattentiveness, however, was was to prove Shrewsbury's undoing.
In addition to significant inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, primary characteristics manifested in children diagnosed as ADD include "learning disorder" and "academic underachiever" (Marshall & Hynd, 1997; Stanford & Hynd, 1994).
Separate family Masses may be wonderful, but lumping all of the young children together does not tend to show them models of appropriate behavior and often just leads to an elevation of the noise level and inattentiveness.
An estimated 1 in 50 school-age children in the United States receive stimulant medication to help quell inattentiveness and hyperactivity.
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Fatigue and inattentiveness, as well as alcohol, are the most common causes of traffic accidents.
Errant drivers simply have too much to lose as do the victims of their insensitivity and inattentiveness.
Such a persons "shall be jailed for a period not exceeding three years /and, or/fined no less than Dh20,000 who caused by his mistake and reckless driving and inattentiveness to the road the death of others".
Investigations by traffic officers said the accident was caused by speeding and inattentiveness on part of the driver and also the pedestrian's failure to abide by traffic laws.
The survey also asked respondents about whether they experience higher rates of inattentiveness, impulsivity, or difficulty with regulating their emotions symptoms typically associated with ADHD.
But elevated mercury levels, which can also come from eating more fish - depending on the fish - were tied to a higher risk of developing the symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness.
5, parents' reports of inattentiveness and hyperactivity were significant predictors for frequent alcohol use in both sexes, but they were more predictive of frequent alcohol and illicit drug use in girls.