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inadvertent

in·ad·vert·ent

inadvertent

 
 
pronunciation:
In d vuhr tnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: inattentive, or resulting from inattention.
Her inadvertent running of a stop light earned her a traffic ticket.
synonyms:
inattentive, neglectful, unmindful
antonyms:
advertent
similar words:
absent-minded, careless, casual, heedless, negligent, regardless, unobservant
definition 2: not planned or intended; unintentional.
Numerous inadvertent casualties occurred during the battle.Later, he was embarrassed by his inadvertent outburst.Her comment had been inadvertent, but it was the truth.
synonyms:
accidental, unintended, unintentional, unthinking, unwitting
antonyms:
deliberate, intentional
similar words:
automatic, careless, casual, chance, fortuitous, involuntary
derivation: inadvertently (adv.)
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The word inadvertent contains the following parts:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.