AskDefine | Define inattentive

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inattentive adj
1 showing a lack of attention; "inattentive students" [ant: attentive]
2 inattentive because of lack of interest
3 not showing due care or attention; "inattentive students"; "an inattentive babysitter"; "neglectful parents" [syn: neglectful]
4 unwilling to hear [syn: unheeding, unlistening(a), deaf to(p)]
5 not paying attention [syn: unobservant, unvigilant, unwatchful]

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  1. Of or pertaining to lack of attention; not paying attention; careless.
    He was inattentive in class and did not do well in his exams.


not paying attention

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