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February 19, 2008

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( Adjective )

Pronunciation : �nnad-v�rt'-nt


1. Marked by unintentional lack of care

2. Done unintentionally or without thinking

3. Failing to pay enough attention or take enough care

4. Occurring unexpectedly


15th century - Via Old French advertir - notice - Latin advertere - turn toward - vertere - to turn


undesigned, undevised, unintended, unintentional, unmeant, unplanned, unwitting,accidental, careless, involuntary, accidental

Aaccidental stresses chance. Fortuitous so strongly suggests chance that it often connotes absence of cause.


advertent, attentive, deliberate, intentional, planned

Contextual Examples:

� Some professional sports stars serve as inadvertent role models for young people.

� An autobiography, when confronted by a careful editor with documentary evidence, is usually found to be full of obviously inadvertent inadvertent insult

� His remarks were nothing, but an inadvertent insult

Related Words:

inadvertently : Adverb

inadvertence : Noun

advertent : Adjective

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