adjective Date: 1692 not attentive ; not paying attention • inattentively adverbinattentiveness noun

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  • Inattentive — In at*ten tive, a. [Cf. F. inattentif.] Not attentive; not fixing the mind on an object; heedless; careless; negligent; regardless; as, an inattentive spectator or hearer; an inattentive habit. I. Watts. Syn: Careless; heedless; regardless;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inattentive — I adjective absent minded, absorbed, apathetic, blind, careless, casual, cursory, dazed, derelict, disregardful, distracted, forgetful, heedless, inadvertent, incogitant, inconsiderate, indifferent, lax, mercurial, neglectful, negligent,… …   Law dictionary

  • inattentive — (adj.) 1741, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + ATTENTIVE (Cf. attentive). Related: Inattentively; inattentiveness …   Etymology dictionary

  • inattentive — [adj] negligent, not paying attention absent, absentminded, apathetic, blind, bored, careless, distracted, distrait, distraught, diverted, dreamy, faraway, heedless, inadvertent, indifferent, inobservant, listless, lost*, musing, neglectful,… …   New thesaurus

  • inattentive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not paying attention. DERIVATIVES inattention noun inattentively adverb inattentiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • inattentive — [in΄ə ten′tiv] adj. not attentive; heedless; negligent SYN. ABSENT MINDED inattentively adv. inattentiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • inattentive — ● inattentif, inattentive adjectif Qui n est pas attentif : Enfant inattentif en classe. Être inattentif aux préoccupations d autrui. ● inattentif, inattentive (synonymes) adjectif Qui n est pas attentif Synonymes : absent dissipé …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • inattentive — adj. inattentive to * * * [ˌɪnə tentɪv] inattentive to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inattentive — adjective 1) an inattentive student Syn: distracted, lacking concentration, preoccupied, absentminded, daydreaming, dreamy, abstracted, distrait; informal miles away, spaced out Ant: alert 2) inattentive service …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • inattentive — adjective Of or pertaining to lack of attention; not paying attention; careless. He was inattentive in class and did not do well in his exams …   Wiktionary

  • inattentive — in|at|ten|tive [ˌınəˈtentıv] adj not giving enough attention to someone or something ≠ ↑attentive ▪ accidents caused by inattentive or reckless drivers >inattentively adv >inattentiveness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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