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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, pertaining to, or characterized by lack of attention.
Origin
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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  • The next six factors account for the odds that there is any transmission to listen to, either deliberate or inadvertent.
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  • It seems fair to presume that every war will result in inadvertent civilian casualties.
  • He suggested that an inadvertent error had occurred.
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  • The bees act as inadvertent protectors of plants, researchers say.
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  • It offers guidelines on preventing inadvertent slurs, stereotypes or misrepresentations regarding any individual or group.
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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