in·ten·tion·al | \in-ˈtench-nəl, -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 \ noun
intentionally \in-ˈtench-nə-lē, -ˈten(t)-shə-nᵊl-ē \ adverb

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

There's a reason 'mother' is singular Jarvis was very intentional about the name of her holiday. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "The woman who invented Mother's Day came to regret it," 13 May 2018 In November 2009, Pellegrino and Waldman filed a civil lawsuit against the TSA and the officers alleging property damage, false arrest, malicious prosecution, civil conspiracy, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Court: TSA officers immune from most checkpoint lawsuits," 11 July 2018 The women are suing for harassment; failure to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation; intentional infliction of emotional distress; and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Dakota Smith,, "Four UCLA employees sue school, alleging workplace sexual harassment," 18 June 2018 Among the allegations are racketeering, witness tampering, mail and wire fraud, assault, civil battery, negligent supervision and retention and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Harvey Weinstein hit with rape allegation in new lawsuit," 1 June 2018 Causes of action include failure to receive proper payment, failure to pay minimum wage, unpaid overtime compensation, assault by threat of bodily injury, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Former Texans cheerleaders claim sex discrimination in new lawsuit," 1 June 2018 His counterclaim seeks damages for slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mequon executive counters sex-tape privacy suit with his own claim of secret recordings," 29 May 2018 Williams, 37, is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence, plus court costs and other legal expenses. Karen Pearlman,, "Businessman sues Lemon Grove, city councilman, alleging assault," 17 May 2018 The Janken decision also eliminated a supervisory employee's personal liability for intentional infliction of emotional distress claims arising out of personnel management decisions, even if improper motivation was alleged. Anchorage Daily News, "Some employees I manage are accused of harassment. Can my company hang me out to dry for their behavior?," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of intentional

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intentional was circa 1677

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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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of intentional 

: done with intent an intentional tort intentional discrimination

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intentionally adverb

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