Inadvertent In`ad*vert"ent, a. [Cf. F. inadvertant. See 2d {In-}, and {Advert}.] Not turning the mind to a matter; heedless; careless; negligent; inattentive. [1913 Webster]

An inadvertent step may crush the snail That crawls at evening in the public path. --Cowper. -- {In`ad*vert"ent*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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  • inadvertently — in|ad|ver|tent|ly [ ,ınəd vɜrtntli ] adverb FORMAL not deliberately, and without realizing what you are doing: ACCIDENTALLY: I m afraid I inadvertently took your purse when I left. ╾ in|ad|ver|tent adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • inadvertently — UK [ˌɪnədˈvɜː(r)t(ə)ntlɪ] / US [ˌɪnədˈvɜrt(ə)ntlɪ] adverb formal not deliberately, and without realizing what you are doing I m afraid I inadvertently took your bag when I left. Derived word: inadvertent adjective …   English dictionary

  • inadvertently — inadvertent ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning. DERIVATIVES inadvertence noun inadvertently adverb. ORIGIN from IN (Cf. ↑in ) + Latin advertere turn the mind to …   English terms dictionary

  • inadvertently — adverb see inadvertent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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