Definitions for: Inattention

[n] lack of attention

Webster (1913) Definition: 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

Antonyms: attending, attention

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

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