In`ad*vert"ence (?); pl. -ces (), In`ad*vert"en*cy (?); pl. -cies (), n. [Cf. F. inadvertance.]

1.

The quality of being inadvertent; lack of heedfulness or attentiveness; inattention; negligence; as, many mistakes proceed from inadvertence.

Inadvertency, or want of attendance to the sense and intention of our prayers. Jer. Taylor.

2.

An effect of inattention; a result of carelessness; an oversight, mistake, or fault from negligence.

The productions of a great genius, with many lapses and inadvertencies, are infinitely preferable to works of an inferior kind of author which are scrupulously exact. Addison.

Syn. -- Inattention; heedlessness; carelessness; negligence; thoughtlessness. See Inattention.

 

© Webster 1913.

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