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inattention

[in-uh-ten-shuh n] /ˌɪn əˈtɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
lack of attention; negligence.
2.
an act of neglect.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; in-3 + attention
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  • And the consequences of our inattention are profound.
  • But this inattention can leave skin cancers undetected.
  • In the past decade, research has shed much light on the mental state of inattention.
  • Much remains to be done, and campus-based inattention to the humanities complicates the task.
  • Our inattention to such matters is emphasized by the fact that no common metric exists with which to make such comparisons.
  • Although friends say he in fact mentioned only blacks in the letter, it still shows a remarkable inattention to the facts.
  • In any case, the authorities' unexplained inattention to the months-long strikes has multiplied the problem.
  • Their primary operation, flying the plane safely, suffers from inattention.
  • The combined form includes both hyperactivity and inattention.
  • Behavioral difficulties without any obvious cause, such as hyperactivity and inattention.
Word Origin and History for inattention
n.

1710, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + attention.

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