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inadvertence

[in-uh d-vur-tns] /ˌɪn ədˈvɜr tns/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being inadvertent; heedlessness.
2.
the act or effect of inattention; an oversight.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Medieval Latin inadvertentia. See inadvertency, -ence
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Examples from the web for inadvertence
  • For them there is no such thing as accident, inadvertence, or error.
  • For one thing, they lack the statesman's surest strength, his reasonable chances of success by inadvertence.
  • Once an inadvertent omission is brought to the attention of the patent owner, the question of inadvertence no longer exists.
  • Forgetfulness or inadvertence do not qualify, nor does a lack of knowledge of the law or inability to pay a tax.
  • Through inadvertence and/or oversight defendant failed to timely respond.
British Dictionary definitions for inadvertence

inadvertence

/ˌɪnədˈvɜːtəns/
noun
1.
lack of attention; heedlessness
2.
an instance or an effect of being inadvertent; oversight; slip
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Word Origin and History for inadvertence
n.

mid-15c., from Middle French inadvertance (14c.), from Scholastic Latin inadvertentia, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + advertentia, from Latin advertere "to direct one's attention to," literally "to turn toward" (see advertise).

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