Definition of inattention in English:



mass noun
  • 1Lack of attention; distraction.

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