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[in-uh-ten-shuh n] /ˌɪn əˈtɛn ʃən/
lack of attention; negligence.
an act of neglect.
Origin of inattention
1700-10; in-3 + attention Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Constant to her master through beatings and bullyings, she could not stand incivility and inattention.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.

  • Mrs. Chalk, noticing his inattention at last, pulled up sharply.

  • At first she was tempted to turn away her eye with carelessness and inattention.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • He had written a little treatise on inattention, De Incogitantia,—in the vain hope of thus rousing his pupil to work.

    A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  • Artois felt suddenly that Gaspare had some perfect excuse for his inattention.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
Word Origin and History for inattention

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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