Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 458 (Inattention)

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#458. Inattention. -- N. inattention, inconsideration; inconsiderateness &c. adj.; oversight; inadvertence, inadvertency, nonobservance, disregard.

supineness &c. (inactivity) 683; etourderie[French], want of thought; heedlessness &c. (neglect) 460; insouciance &c. (indifference) 866.

abstraction; absence of mind, absorption of mind; preoccupation, distraction, reverie, brown study, deep musing, fit of abstraction.

V. be inattentive &c. adj.; overlook, disregard; pass by &c. (neglect) 460 not observe &c. 457; think little of.

close one's eyes to, shut one's eyes to; pay no attention to; dismiss from one's thoughts, discard from one's thoughts, discharge from one's thoughts, dismiss from one's mind, discard from one's mind, discharge from one's mind; drop the subject, think no more of; set aside, turn aside, put aside; turn away from, turn one's attention from, turn a deaf ear to, turn one's back upon.

abstract oneself, dream, indulge in reverie.

escape notice, escape attention; come in at one ear and go out at the other; forget &c. (have no remembrance) 506.

call off the attention, draw off the attention, call away the attention, divert the attention, distract the mind; put out of one's head; disconcert, discompose; put out, confuse, perplex, bewilder, moider[obs], fluster, muddle, dazzle; throw a sop to Cerberus.

Adj. inattentive; unobservant, unmindful, heedless, unthinking, unheeding, undiscerning[obs]; inadvertent; mindless, regardless, respectless[obs], listless &c. (indifferent) 866; blind, deaf; bird- witted; hand over head; cursory, percursory[obs]; giddy-brained, scatter- brained, hare-brained; unreflective, unreflecting[obs], ecervele [French]; offhand; dizzy, muzzy[obs], brainsick[obs]; giddy, giddy as a goose; wild, harum-scarum, rantipole[obs], highflying; heedless , careless &c. (neglectful) 460.

inconsiderate, thoughtless.

absent, abstracted, distrait; absentminded, lost; lost in thought, wrapped in thought; rapt, in the clouds, bemused; dreaming on other things, musing on other things; preoccupied, engrossed &c. (attentive) 457; daydreaming, in a reverie &c. n.; off one's guard &c. (inexpectant) 508[obs]; napping; dreamy; caught napping.

disconcerted, distracted, put out &c. v.

Adv. inattentively, inadvertently, absent-mindedly &c. adj[obs].; per incuriam[Lat], sub silentio[Lat].

Int. stand at ease, stand easy!

Phr. the attention wanders; one's wits gone a woolgathering, one's wits gone a bird's nesting; it never entered into one's head; the mind running on other things; one's thoughts being elsewhere; had it been a bear it would have bitten you. 129