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intentional

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adjective in·ten·tion·al \in-ˈtench-nəl, -ˈten(t)-shə-nəl\

Simple Definition of intentional

  • : done in a way that is planned or intended

Full Definition of intentional

  1. 1 :  done by intention or design :  intended <intentional damage>

  2. 2 a :  of or relating to epistemological intention b :  having external reference

in·ten·tion·al·i·ty play \-ˌten(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun
in·ten·tion·al·ly play \in-ˈtench-nə-lē, -ˈten(t)-shə-nəl-ē\ adverb

Examples of intentional

  1. an intentional and premeditated killing

  2. I apologize for the omission of your name from the list. It was not intentional.



Circa 1677

First Known Use of intentional

circa 1677

Synonym Discussion of intentional

voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion <a voluntary confession>. intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved <the intentional concealment of vital information>. deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences <deliberate acts of sabotage>. willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another <willing obedience>.


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