Meaning of inattention in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnəˈtɛnʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • 1Lack of attention; distraction.

    ‘a moment of inattention which could have cost lives’
    • ‘And many catastrophes follow from a moment of inattention.’
    • ‘At work I've been making a few errors due to inattention.’
    • ‘The most common fault, after inattention, is for drivers to follow too closely.’
    • ‘In the present case I think there was more than mere inadvertence or inattention.’
    • ‘What was a graceful and vibrant part of the city has become tired and tawdry as the ravages of time and inattention over the last 15 years have taken their toll.’
    lack of concentration, distraction, inattentiveness, preoccupation, absent-mindedness, daydreaming, dreaminess, reverie, wool-gathering, abstraction, staring into space, obliviousness
    negligence, neglect, neglectfulness, disregard, slackness, remissness, laxness
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    1. 1.1Failure to attend to one's responsibilities; negligence.
      ‘his inattention to duty’
      • ‘The executive areas of the brain, which are responsible for your, oftentimes, inattention to detail.’
      • ‘Your suggestion to come upstairs saved me from having to bark at the lad for his inattention.’
      • ‘He ran swiftly about from object to object, rapidly lecturing their inattention.’
      • ‘At work I've been making a few errors due to inattention.’
      • ‘A blog will thrive, live a banal life or just die from inattention.’
      • ‘The city soon felt the pain of the government's inattention.’
      • ‘A benign endurance, a sort of affable inattention, settles like snow upon the landscape.’
      • ‘Instead of throwing players out of practice for lack of effort or inattention to detail, he sends them into a workout room.’
      • ‘The direct route tends to be blocked through inattention to detail, misunderstood directions, missed appointments.’
      • ‘We must not, by inattention, stoke the fires of resentment among our own population.’
      • ‘A greater problem may be the relative inattention currently paid to the conceptual tools needed to shift gears to new forms of news delivery.’
      • ‘Treatment professionals could rationalize their inattention to difference by citing underutilization of treatment resources by many minority groups.’
      • ‘Inattention, often linked to fatigue, is the most common cause of motorway accidents.’
      • ‘My inattention could have caused a serious injury or death.’
      • ‘I read in the Wall Street Journal that a new "plague of inattention" is taking over.’
      • ‘It can only prey on offensive mistakes or inattention.’
      • ‘Give me an example where for example, things have gone wrong with air crew, which are an example of this inattention to task.’
      • ‘In these cramped dock quarters, plants rarely suffer from inattention.’
      • ‘These girls parents failed them, either through inattention or condoning the abuse.’
      • ‘For readers unfamiliar with Brazilian geography this inattention will be confusing.’