WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•ad•vert•ent /ˌɪnədˈvɜrtənt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. unintentional:an inadvertent insult.
  2. not attentive:He was inadvertent and knocked over his glass.
in•ad•vert•ence, n. [uncountable]
in•ad•vert•ent•ly, adv.: I inadvertently overheard her conversation.See -vert-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
in•ad•vert•ent  (in′əd vûrtnt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. unintentional:an inadvertent insult.
  2. not attentive;
  3. of, pertaining to, or characterized by lack of attention.
in′ad•vertent•ly, adv. 
  • 1645–55; abstracted from inadvertence, inadvertency; see -ent
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inattentive.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged thoughtless, careless, negligent.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

inadvertent /ˌɪnədˈvɜːtənt/ adj
  1. failing to act carefully or considerately; inattentive
  2. resulting from heedless action; unintentional

ˌinadˈvertently adv

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