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Definition done accidentally or without intention
  • I must have inadvertently insulted her.
inadvertently = accidentally
  • The destruction was inadvertent, but it was still a crime.
  • inadvertent = done accidentally
  • 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
  • inadvertent = done accidentally or without intention
  • Why should a man suffer so grievously for an offence he had committed inadvertently?
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • inadvertently = accidentally
  • 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
  • inadvertently = accidentally or without intention
  • 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
  • inadvertently = accidentally
  • ...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
  • inadvertently = unintentionally (accidentally without thinking)
  • 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
  • inadvertently = accidentally
  • TERRIBLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! detailed what action to take if you inadvertently consumed plastic fruit...
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • inadvertently = accidentally
  • 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
  • inadvertently = accidentally
  • Anyone can inadvertently hit an "I".
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • CHAPTER NINETEEN — The Inadvertent "I"
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Have I inadvertently said some evil thing?
  • It must have been wholly inadvertent on my part.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • Perhaps an inadvertent word has descended to posterity.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • 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
  • Whatever her sins, they were not sins of intention, but of inadvertence, and why should she have been punished so persistently?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • As it dies the creature lashes out, inadvertently opening gashes on a few of its companions.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • 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
  • We are not boy and girl, to be captiously irritable, misled by every moment's inadvertence, and wantonly playing with our own happiness."
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion

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