Inadvertence

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Inadvertence

The absence of attention or care; the failure of an individual to carefully and prudently observe the progress of a court proceeding that might have an effect upon his or her rights.

The term inadvertence is generally used in reference to a ground upon which a judgment may be set aside or vacated under the Rules of Federal Civil Procedure or state rules of civil procedure.

See: accident, contingency, inconsideration, laxity, miscue, neglect, negligence, omission, quirk