The destruction was inadvertent, but it was still a crime.
An autobiography, when confronted by a careful editor with documentary evidence, is usually found to be full of obviously inadvertent errors.
Russell, Bertrand -- The Analysis of Mind
TERRIBLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! detailed what action to take if you inadvertently consumed plastic fruit...
Kate DiCamillo -- Flora & Ulysses
Why should a man suffer so grievously for an offence he had committed inadvertently?
Chinua Achebe -- Things Fall Apart
when the sheriff went to lunch and inadvertently left the cell door open, Daddy eased out of the jailhouse
James McBride -- The Color of Water
I was more jittery than when I’d inadvertently drunk a whole pot of Dad’s tar-strong coffee while studying for finals last winter.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
...though a third party might inadvertently offer him a cup of coffee, the prisoner, in common decency, should have refused it...
Albert Camus -- The Stranger
We agreed that the best way to proceed was to just keep asking open-ended questions as the situation presented itself, and not fill in any blanks for Colton as I had, inadvertently, when I suggested the word crown when Colton was describing the "gold thing" on Jesus’ head.
Todd Burpo -- Heaven Is for Real
GUIL taps a hand, changes his mind, taps the other, and ROS inadvertently reveals that he has a coin in both fists.
Tom Stoppard -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
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CHAPTER NINETEEN — The Inadvertent "I"
Kate DiCamillo -- Flora & Ulysses
Anyone can inadvertently hit an "I".
Kate DiCamillo -- Flora & Ulysses
He looked at her with genuine interest, as if she were something under a microscope, as though she were some medical marvel that had inadvertently materialized in his kitchen.
Harper Lee -- Go Set a Watchman
Mrs. Sykes jumps a little, and turns her head quickly, inadvertently swinging the door open an extra couple of inches.
Lauren Oliver -- Before I Fall
This way, he can’t clap, he can’t fall, he can’t inadvertently detonate himself—and if for some reason he does, the cell is designed to withstand the blast.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
Like an inadvertent omen, if an omen can be inadvertent.
Rick Yancey -- The Infinite Sea
Just that I really felt bad that I might have inadvertently caused Alistair any distress.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
She was so incensed that she inadvertently lit a fire in her hand—which, luckily, she’d since removed from my knee.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
I had inadvertently skipped customs.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
Well, there could be files that have inadvertently been missed or documents that dropped out.
Bryan Stevenson -- Just Mercy
Her hands inadvertently slid from his hips to his stomach, and she wondered if he noticed the way their bodies were pressed together.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Choice
Which, as I see it, was an inadvertent kindness.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
Her stomach squirmed as she thought about another distinction she’d inadvertently earned—the first girl to kiss a boy on Earth since the Cataclysm.
Kass Morgan -- The 100
THERE HAVE BEEN five great kisses since 1642 B.C., when Saul and Delilah Korn’s inadvertent discovery swept across Western civilization.
William Goldman -- The Princess Bride
You tell me, you see, sort of inadvertently.
Madeleine L’Engle -- A Wrinkle in Time
And maybe he was the one who had inadvertently put Pattie Nguyen in charge by getting her pushy daughter involved.
Holly Goldberg Sloan -- Counting by 7s
I merely meant that sometimes, particularly if one has been through distressing events in one’s young life, one might be inclined to jump to conclusions—to inadvertently blow things out of proportion.
Christina Baker Kline -- Orphan Train
As I alluded to before, I don’t want you inadvertently to do something that’ll get you in trouble later.
David Baldacci -- Zero Day
Inadvertently she gave a small wail.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I inadvertently looked at the door.
Becca Fitzpatrick -- Hush, Hush
Rather touched by this speech, I assured him that I had so far found his behavior both gallant and gentlemanly, and apologized for any doubt I might inadvertently have cast on his motives.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
He smiled a quick, inadvertent greeting.
James Patterson -- 1st to Die
A man inside, trying to avoid falling, inadvertently grabbed the life raft—release handle.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
As it dies the creature lashes out, inadvertently opening gashes on a few of its companions.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
A migrant, moving from car to car, can inadvertently step on the pressurized brake line that runs the length of the train.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
Pierre was still afraid that this officer might inadvertently say something disconcerting to himself.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
I trust, sir, that I have not inadvertently ——
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
In it she explained that she’d inadvertently "repeated the lore about the origin of those cells."
Rebecca Skloot -- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Gardeners came by arrangement, and removed in wheel-barrows those that had inadvertently remained behind.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Fellowship of the Ring
For more than two years the canal inadvertently diverted virtually all of the river’s prodigious flow into the Salton sink.
Jon Krakauer -- Into the Wild
So Luma tried to make sure she didn’t inadvertently speak Arabic, even when it was easier, and she disciplined herself not to play favorites.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
She was brushing herself off and getting ready to head back into the barn when she inadvertently glanced my way.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
Was she the inadvertent victim of some Dark rite?
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
He was much better acquainted with the fate of a tribe of first cousins who had wandered away north in a diversionary movement and pushed inadvertently into Canada.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
For the quick and active Uncas soon found the impression of a foot on a bunch of moss, where it would seem an Indian had inadvertently trodden.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
The priest whom the Illuminati had inadvertently brought to power by killing the Pope had emerged as a worthy adversary.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
Rather, she half, half thinks that this might be him and her thought inadvertently slips out into words.
Homer -- The Odyssey
His old dog, Pilot, lay on one side, removed out of the way, and coiled up as if afraid of being inadvertently trodden upon.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
The blockage caused moisture to leak into the plant’s air system, inadvertently tripping two valves and shutting down the flow of cold water into the plant’s steam generator.