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lack of attention.
selective inattention
2. the ignoring or otherwise screening out of stimuli that are threatening, anxiety-producing, or felt to be unimportant.


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.


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 ?
Women can't draw-- their minds are too flighty, and their eyes are too inattentive.
It was not a wild stare, and it was not inattentive, but its attention was peculiar and not satisfactory, inasmuch that it seemed concentrated upon some point beyond Mr Verloc's person.
These were evidences of intelligence and distrust, to which one as practised as the trapper could not turn an inattentive ear.
When and where it first became the conventional system that a weary or inattentive infant in a class must have its face smoothed downward with a hot hand, or when and where the conventional volunteer boy first beheld such system in operation, and became inflamed with a sacred zeal to administer it, matters not.
It was the face belonging to a naturally slow or inattentive intellect that had toiled hard to get what it had won, and that had to hold it now that it was gotten.
We consider you an inattentive reskel,' said the gentleman in the orange plush.
Mr Brass, who seemed remarkably inattentive and impatient, mounted on his stool, and beckoning him to come nearer, took him by the button-hole.
Raskolnikov muttered in reply, but with such a preoccupied and inattentive air that Dounia gazed at him in perplexity.
Sales up despite inattentive owner- word of mouth & Home Adviser drives growth.
Secondly, C Noble: Driving at a constant speed in the middle lane is dangerous because you become inattentive.
constellation half arranges like a firmament of inattentive, more or
Almost three-quarters (73%) of patients were male, and 74% had the combined subtype of ADHD, meaning they had both inattentive and hyperactive or impulsive symptoms.