in·​ten·​tion·​al | \ in-ˈtench-nəl How to pronounce intentional (audio) , -ˈten(t)-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of intentional

1 : done by intention or design : intended intentional damage
2a : of or relating to epistemological intention
b : having external reference

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Other Words from intentional

intentionality \ in-​ˌten(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce intentionality (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of intentional in a Sentence

an intentional and premeditated killing I apologize for the omission of your name from the list. It was not intentional.

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If the show has a terrific restlessness to it, that’s likely intentional; Petronio would be the first to agree that magazine-making is a collaborative action where everyone's pushing on to the future. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Self Service Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary With An Exhibition At Dallas Contemporary," 6 Apr. 2019 That’s intentional: Social media are decentralized and difficult to censor. Susanne Wengle, Washington Post, "Tomorrow Putin answers Russians’ questions on live TV. Here’s what his performance will tell us.," 6 June 2018 With shows created post-Memento, the confusion is intentional, and the exposition never stops. Mary Kaye Schilling, Newsweek, "'Westworld' to 'Altered Carbon': Four Dark, Complicated Shows To Binge Now," 4 Mar. 2018 Even at the tail end of a jet-lag-inducing romp of early morning runways and late night soirees, beauty statements felt intentional—even cinematic—thanks to an uninterrupted backdrop of Parisian cool. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty at Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 In a new interview with The New York Times, Kylie now disputes claims that the discount was intentional. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Explained Why the Jordyn Woods Lip Kit Was Discounted," 1 Apr. 2019 Whether the swap was intentional remains a mystery. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "The Making of a DNA Detective," 15 Feb. 2019 This year, Swift has become more intentional about sharing her opinions publicly, and her fans love her more for it. Sarah Midkiff,, "Pride Month Is Off To A Heartfelt Start With A Speech From Taylor Swift," 3 June 2018 Gersh is suing Anglin for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of Montana's Anti-Intimidation Act. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of intentional

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of intentional

: done in a way that is planned or intended


in·​ten·​tion·​al | \ in-ˈten-shə-nəl How to pronounce intentional (audio) \

Kids Definition of intentional

: done in a deliberate way : not accidental an intentional error

Other Words from intentional

intentionally adverb


in·​ten·​tion·​al | \ in-ˈten-chə-nəl How to pronounce intentional (audio) \

Legal Definition of intentional

: done with intent an intentional tort intentional discrimination

Other Words from intentional

intentionally adverb

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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