inattention

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inattention lack of attention
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inattention Lack of attention, or failure to pay attention; disregard; heedlessness; neglect. "Novel lays attract our ravished ears;
      But old, the mind inattention hears."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inattention Want of attention; failure to fix the mind attentively on an object or a subject; heedlessness; negligence.
    • n inattention An act of neglect; failure of courtesy. Synonyms Thoughtlessness, absence of mind, carelessness. See negligence.
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Quotations

  • Andrew Jackson
    Andrew%20Jackson
    “The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.”
  • Helen Rowland
    Helen%20Rowland
    “When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of all the other men of her acquaintance for the inattention of just one.”
  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention: people look without seeing, listen in without hearing.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + attention,: cf. F. inattention,

Usage

In literature:

The first ground of complaint was the supine inattention of the administration to a treason stalking through the land in open day.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
And may you carefully read in your closets what you have perhaps inattentively heard in the church!
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Postscripts have a very awkward appearance, and they generally indicate thoughtlessness and inattention.
"The Ladies' Vase" by An American Lady
His words fell on inattentive ears; for Simpkins was sitting stunned under the revelation of the letter.
"The False Gods" by George Horace Lorimer
Even the most inattentive must have noticed the widespread employment of these new forms of cellulose.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
They gathered from this that the good woman had been lecturing her docile lodger, and had been seriously hurt because of his inattention.
"Sunrise" by William Black
The ponies, taking advantage of her inattention, went through an open gate into the road.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Indifference and inattention to dress is a defect of character rather than virtue, and often denotes indolence and slovenliness.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Was she sitting in the next room, looking inattentively at the newest books?
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
James Douglas was nettled at the inattention of the Duke.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
She was cold and inattentive at first, became patronizing at tea, and ended by being gracious.
"Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
This inattention to the sense-impression will be found to be a great co-operating factor in the production of illusions.
"Illusions" by James Sully
Inattention to small details of dress, which he never noticed before, are painfully evident.
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
Oscar's inattention to his studies was not his only fault at school.
"Oscar" by Walter Aimwell
Of this, however, he took no care; but he was not so inattentive to the satisfaction of the sufferers, either in point of honor or of interest.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
This was enough to account for lapses of inattention in any woman.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
Not that I passed by it with indifference or inattention.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
This, however, is not to be dreaded as a signal fault, and I know not which is worse here, inattention or too great care.
"The Training of a Public Speaker" by Grenville Kleiser
You careless, inattentive boy.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume V. (of X.)" by Various
One of man's most grievous crimes is indifference, inattention to his neighbour's fate; this indifference is pre-eminently ours.
"The Shield" by Various
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In poetry:

The cottagers who dole him fruit and crust
With patient inattention hear him prate:
And comes the snow, and comes the dust,
Comes the old wanderer, more bent of late.
"Bellerophon" by George Meredith
"Adam, where are you?"
God's hands
palpate darkness, the void
that is Adam's inattention,
his confused attention to everything,
impassioned by multiplicity, his despair.
"On A Theme" by Denise Levertov
How blest the unbodied minds above,
Who still desire, delight, and love,
And nought impedes the work, or clouds the joy!
No listless inattention there,
Nor tempting toy, nor gloomy care;
Celestial pleasure smiles without alloy!
"A Complaint of the Mind" by Ann Steele

In news:

Missouri Highway Patrol officials said Friday that bus driver inattention and short following distances may have contributed to the crash on Interstate 44 that claimed the lives of two teens Thursday.
Jeff Wilson said driver inattention can involve someone taking his or her eyes off the road.
Who Can Be Inattentive to Such a Message.
A new airport notice, FLL 2012-09-12, says runway incursions have resulted from pilot inattention.
MEMORIAL COLISEUM 1954-2010: Inattention and indecision .
Mitt Romney, for weeks, has been an inattentive suitor of his native state.
Poor seamanship , including risky or inattentive sailing maneuvers, was primarily to blame for two yacht racing crashes in April that killed nine mariners off the California coast, yachting association investigators have found.
Past inattention, present budget woes mean US Air Force must keep its aging warhorses flying.
Poor seamanship, including risky or inattentive sailing maneuvers, was primarily to blame for two yacht racing crashes in April that killed nine mariners off the California coast, yachting association investigators have found.
H there my son is ADHD and my DF is ADD but ive only recintly heard of inattentive ADD or ADHD what are the signs and symptoms and stuff can someone please help thx.
I'm 24 years old, living at home, recently diagnosed as primarily inattentive.
Driver inattention is a leading cause of traffic crashes, responsible for about 80 percent of all collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Good food, fun place - inattentive staff.
One fateful day, an inattentive employee deleted my entire book.
But it took the efforts of another visionary, Betsy Barlow Rogers, to help restore it after years of inattention and decay.
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In science:

This surprising phenomenon is called inattentional blindness – the fact that when you are paying attention to one thing you think is important, you may miss other important things.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
This year we have selected two residual problems (M/L ratios and cooling flows) and one item of selective inattention (intergalactic matter) for examination.
Astrophysics in 2006
Following common practice in this field, trials with very high or very low reaction times (top and bottom 5%) were excluded from the dataset, because they have a high chance of being outliers (fast guesses, keyboard errors or inattention).
Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference
That is, in the inattentive state the distribution of the images does not depend on the stimuli at all.
Selectivity in Probabilistic Causality: Drawing Arrows from Inputs to Stochastic Outputs
After a (cid:12)rst, automatic comparison, the analyses of any two judges agreed more than % of the time, and after the di(cid:11)erences were examined collectively, they were agreed to be errors due to inattention; that is, no genuine di(cid:11)erences in opinion came up.
Three studies of grammar-based surface-syntactic parsing of unrestricted English text. A summary and orientation
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