What is another word for inattentively?

76 synonyms found


[ ɪnɐtˈɛntɪvli], [ ɪnɐtˈɛntɪvli], [ ɪ_n_ɐ_t_ˈɛ_n_t_ɪ_v_l_i]

Inattentively means not paying attention or not being attentive. Some synonyms for inattentively are absent-mindedly, carelessly, negligently, lackadaisically, inadvertently, thoughtlessly and inconsiderately. These words convey the idea of not giving proper attention or being heedless. Absent-mindedly is when you are forgetful or distracted, while carelessly refers to lack of care or concern. Negligently means not giving proper attention, and lackadaisically denotes laziness or lethargy. Inadvertently is when you make a mistake or don't notice something inadvertently, while thoughtlessly and inconsiderately refer to a lack of thought or consideration for other people. All these words suggest a lack of focus, awareness, or diligence.

Usage examples for Inattentively

"Arising out of that reply," said Trent inattentively, "how is Mrs. Inspector Murch?"
"The Woman in Black"
Edmund Clerihew Bentley
She pressed forward, and studied the sketch inattentively.
"April Hopes"
William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
The second lieutenant told how he had found me battering at the door, and how he had effected an entrance: but the Captain listened inattentively.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories"
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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