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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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  • These films inadvertently pointed out a problem with portraying the sport on screen.
  • It's bad enough that in today's crowded and interconnected world small outbreaks can blossom inadvertently into huge epidemics.
  • But biologists worry that threatened species such as the alligator snapping turtle may inadvertently be affected.
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  • There's a dedicated bike lane, but watch out for pedestrians who inadvertently cross the line on busy weekends.
  • It occurs to me that if he truly has no audience in mind he could, in fact, inadvertently write a book for children.
  • The researchers say this mixed design can inadvertently reveal information.
  • That's a problem, because observers who witness a messy crash might inadvertently exaggerate how fast a car was going.
  • Rickover, who was at the site, inadvertently learned of this plan and immediately overruled it.
  • He warned that by manipulating the wound after mastectomy, the surgeon might inadvertently spread tumor cells.
British Dictionary definitions for inadvertently

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 inadvertently
adv.

1670s, literally "inattentively," hence "unintentionally;" see inadvertent + -ly (2).

inadvertent

adj.

1650s, back-formation from inadvertence.

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