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inadvertent

[in-uh d-vur-tnt] /ˌɪn ədˈvɜr tnt/
adjective
1.
unintentional:
an inadvertent insult.
2.
not attentive; heedless.
3.
of, relating to, or characterized by lack of attention.
Origin of inadvertent
1645-1655
1645-55; abstracted from inadvertence, inadvertency; see -ent
Related forms
inadvertently, adverb
Synonyms
2. inattentive. 3. thoughtless, careless, negligent.
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  • But I hope you will believe me when I assure you it was inadvertent.

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  • They all had their origin in some inadvertent remark regarding the Hall.

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  • Shirley smiled at this inadvertent betrayal of the system: wire tapping with science.

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British Dictionary definitions for inadvertent

inadvertent

/ˌɪnədˈvɜːtənt/
adjective
1.
failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
2.
resulting from heedless action; unintentional
Derived Forms
inadvertently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inadvertent
adj.

1650s, back-formation from inadvertence.

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