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Pronunciation:  `inu'tenshun

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[n]  lack of attention

INATTENTION is a 11 letter word that starts with I.


 Antonyms: attending, attention
 See Also: basic cognitive process, disregard, distraction, heedlessness, inattentiveness, neglect



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`at*ten"tion\, n. [Pref. in- not + attention: cf.
F. inattention.]
Want of attention, or failure to pay attention; disregard;
heedlessness; neglect.

      Novel lays attract our ravished ears; But old, the mind
      inattention hears.                       --Pope.

Syn: Inadvertence; heedlessness; negligence; carelessness;
     disregard; remissness; thoughtlessness; neglect.

Usage: {Inattention}, {Inadvertence}. We miss seeing a thing
       through inadvertence when do not happen to look at it;
       through inattention when we give no heed to it, though
       directly before us. The latter is therefore the worse.
       Inadvertence may be an involuntary accident;
       inattention is culpable neglect. A versatile mind is
       often inadvertent; a careless or stupid one is

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