What is another word for inattentive?

Pronunciation: [ɪnɐtˈɛntɪv] (IPA)

Inattentive is a word that describes someone who is not paying attention or careless. It is important to have a variety of synonyms to avoid redundancy in your writing. Some synonyms for inattentive are negligent, distracted, absent-minded, oblivious, inconsiderate, preoccupied, disinterested, unobservant, and unconcerned. Each of these words adds a slightly different nuance to the concept of being inattentive. For example, negligent implies a level of irresponsibility, while distracted may suggest that something has the person's attention. Absent-minded suggests forgetfulness, while oblivious suggests a lack of awareness. By using different synonyms for inattentive, you can add depth and complexity to your writing.

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What are the hypernyms for Inattentive?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for inattentive?

Inattentive means lacking focus or care, and some antonyms for this word are attentive, alert, watchful, mindful, and observant. Being attentive means being diligent, careful, and not easily distracted, while being alert means being aware of one's surroundings and ready to act quickly. Watchful and observant are also antonyms for inattentive, as they both mean paying attention to details and keeping an eye out for potential dangers. Another antonym for inattentive is mindful, meaning having a strong awareness or consideration for something. Using these antonyms can help to describe a person who is on top of things and paying close attention to their surroundings.

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Usage examples for Inattentive

On Sunday morning, therefore, notwithstanding her promises, Pauline was inattentive at lessons.
"Girls of the Forest"
L. T. Meade
When and where it first became the conventional system that a weary or inattentive infant in a class must have its face smoothed downward with a hot hand, or when or where the conventional volunteer boy first beheld such system in operation, and became inflamed with a sacred zeal to administer it, matters not.
"Dickens As an Educator"
James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
However inattentive a member of the congregation might be, as the years passed over him he knew the sermons.
"The Pastor's Wife"
Elizabeth von Arnim

Famous quotes with Inattentive

  • The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.
    Andrew Jackson
  • Advertisements ordinarily work their wonders, to the extent that they work at all, on an inattentive public.
    Michael Schudson
  • I value mothers and motherhood enormously. For every inattentive or abusive mother in my fiction I think you'll find a dozen or so who are neither.
    William Trevor
  • It is often sadly remarked that the bad economists present their errors to the public better than the good economists present their truths. It is often complained that demagogues can be more plausible in putting forward economic nonsense from the platform than the honest men who try to show what is wrong with it. But the basic reason for this ought not to be mysterious. The reason is that the demagogues and bad economists are presenting half-truths. They are speaking only of the immediate effect of a proposed policy or its effect upon a single group. As far as they go they may often be right. In these cases the answer consists in showing that the proposed policy would also have longer and less desirable effects, or that it could benefit one group only at the expense of all other groups. The answer consists in supplementing and correcting the half-truth with the other half. But to consider all the chief effects of a proposed course on everybody often requires a long, complicated, and dull chain of reasoning. Most of the audience finds this chain of reasoning difficult to follow and soon becomes bored and inattentive. The bad economists rationalize this intellectual debility and laziness by assuring the audience that it need not even attempt to follow the reasoning or judge it on its merits because it is only “classicism” or “laissez-faire,” or “capitalist apologetics” or whatever other term of abuse may happen to strike them as effective.
    Henry Hazlitt
  • It is curious that Thoreau goes to a house to say with little preface what he has just read or observed, delivers it in lump, is quite inattentive to any comment or thought which any of the company offer on the matter, nay, is merely interrupted by it, &, when he has finished his report, departs with precipitation.
    Henry David Thoreau

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