inattention inattention  /ɪ nə ˈtɛn tʃən/


  • (n) lack of attention


  1. It also reveals the startling inattention of the Bush Administration to the situation in Afghanistan.
  2. Holbrooke will have the near impossible task of untangling the mess in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a problem exacerbated by recent American inattention to detail in the area.
  3. The complaint of most novelists is that their literary first-borns suffer inattention and cruel neglect.


  1. New dashboard devices distract drivers

    The greater the concentration required to perform a task, the more likely a driver is to develop "inattention blindness."
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Everett Herald

  2. New York State Assembly Votes to Curb Distracted Drivers

    Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced that the Assembly has passed legislation to improve highway safety by increasing penalties on young and new drivers who text while driving — because inattention and inexperience is a deadly combination, said Thiele. “We have seen the ads on television and read the news stories — tragic accidents where [...]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Sag Harbor Express

  3. Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

    Systems that turn a driver's speech into text are the most distracting. Drivers in a University of Utah test experienced a kind of inattention blindness that mean they sometimes overlooked potential hazards.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NPR


  1. "The level of error, incompetence, and inattention which took place before the flight was sadly mirrored in many ways for many years, in how authorities, governments, and institutions dealt with the aftermath of the murder of so many innocents,"...
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: John Major Source:

  2. "I think this just bespeaks an absolute, to some extent, hostility, and at best, an inattention to the needs of the industry," Frank said. "I think it's time for Lubchenco to go. ...... I think she has failed in her duty to the fishermen."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Barney Frank Source: Boston Herald

  3. "They had been working for the railroad for three to 11 years," Jackson said. "There was no accusation of lack of work ethic, inattention, but homeland security."
    on Feb 8, 2007 By: Jesse Jackson Source: Washington Post

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