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INATTENTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inattentive mean? 

INATTENTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INATTENTIVE has 2 senses:

1. showing a lack of attention or care
2. not showing due care or attention

  Familiarity information: INATTENTIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INATTENTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1inattentive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing a lack of attention or care

Context examples:

inattentive students / an inattentive babysitter

Similar:

forgetful; oblivious (failing to keep in mind)

absent; absentminded; abstracted; scatty (lost in thought; showing preoccupation)

distracted; distrait (having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety)

dreamy; moony; woolgathering (dreamy in mood or nature)

drowsy; oscitant; yawning (showing lack of attention or boredom)

Also:

negligent (characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern)

forgetful; oblivious (failing to keep in mind)

careless (marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful)

Attribute:

attention (a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review)

Antonym:

attentive ((often followed by 'to') giving care or attention)


Sense 2inattentive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not showing due care or attention

Synonyms:

neglectful; inattentive

Context examples:

inattentive students / an inattentive babysitter / neglectful parents

Similar:

negligent (characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern)


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