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inattention

 [in″ah-ten´shun]
lack of attention.
selective inattention
2. the ignoring or otherwise screening out of stimuli that are threatening, anxiety-producing, or felt to be unimportant.

in·at·ten·tion

(in-ă-ten'shŭn),
Lack of attention; negligence.

behavior management: overactivity/inattention

a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as provision of a therapeutic milieu that safely accommodates the patient's attention deficit and/or overactivity while promoting optimal function. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.

inattention

1. Neglect, e.g., of sensory stimuli.
2. Distractibility.

unilateral inattention

An inability to recognize stimulation provided to the side of the body or the visual field damaged by a stroke in the nondominant hemisphere of the brain. Sometimes called visual inattention or visual unilateral inattention. Synonym: neglect, altitudinal; neglect, hemispatial See: hemi-inattention; unilateral spatial agnosia
References in classic literature ?
A curious passive inattention had such possession of her, that the presence of her little sister in the room did not attract her notice for some time.
Inattention dies a quick and sure death when a speaker does that.
It was English history: among the readers I observed my acquaintance of the verandah: at the commencement of the lesson, her place had been at the top of the class, but for some error of pronunciation, or some inattention to stops, she was suddenly sent to the very bottom.