- The definition of inadvertent is something unintentional or careless.
An example of inadvertent is someone accidentally telling another person's secret.
inadvertent definition by Webster's New World
- not attentive or observant; heedless
- due to oversight; unintentional
Origin: probably back-formation ; from inadvertence
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- inadvertently adverb
inadvertent definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Not duly attentive.
- Marked by unintentional lack of care. See Synonyms at careless.
- inˌad·verˈtent·ly adverb