Definition of inadvertence in US English:

inadvertence

noun

  • See inadvertent

    • ‘It was not speed but inadvertence that started the incident off.’
    • ‘In the present case I think there was more than mere inadvertence or inattention.’
    • ‘He felt that, on balance, the accident was due to a mixture of speed, inadvertence and miscalculation on the part of the plaintiff and he dismissed the claim, awarding costs to the defendants.’
    • ‘In each of those decisions he analysed the relevant facts with respect to the issues of delay, the reasons for delay, prejudice, and whether the failure to comply with the Rule was due to inadvertence rather than negligence.’
    • ‘Oh, my, I hope through inadvertence, I haven't stepped into a hornet's nest.’

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