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in·ad·vert·ent

inadvertent

 
 
pronunciation:
In d vuhr tnt
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
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
Word Combinations  About this feature
(adj.)inadvertent + noun bias, bombing, casualty, contact, creation, deployment, disclosure, discovery, discrimination, error, experiment, exposure, help, hip, incident, injury, introduction, loss, mistake, modification, nerve, pornography, release, stringency, transfer, transgression, transmission, violation  [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivation: inadvertently (adv.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word inadvertent contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
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.
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means (in adjectives) doing the action denoted by the verb root; (in nouns) one who or that which does the action denoted by the verb root.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.