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

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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 The production values are very good, and that the show is a little off the models here and there in terms of language or performance style or staging may be intentional — this is old TV as an AI might render it. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Review: With the refreshing ‘WandaVision,’ Marvel gets an inventive sitcom makeover," 14 Jan. 2021 Jay Blahnik, the senior director of fitness technologies at Apple, says their decision to create many 10-minute workouts was intentional. Molly Longman,, "How 10-Minute Workouts Helped Me Get Out Of My Fitness Funk," 6 Jan. 2021 Southfield Deputy Chief Jeffrey Jagielski wouldn't comment on whether police believe the shooting was intentional or what type of weapon was used until the case is presented to prosecutors. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "8-year-old girl shot in the head by sibling, Southfield police say," 5 Jan. 2021 In the August court ruling that struck down that legal opinion, U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in New York said the law applies to all bird deaths, not just those that were intentional. Matthew Brown, ajc, "Trump administration scales back wild bird protections," 5 Jan. 2021 Hurts contributed a safety to Arizona’s point total when he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone on the Eagles’ third snap. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Jalen Hurts continues historic start for Eagles," 21 Dec. 2020 The quarterback was flagged for intentional grounding, which resulted in a safety. oregonlive, "Arizona Cardinals hold off the Philadelphia Eagles: Recap, score, stats and more," 20 Dec. 2020 Currently, the age of criminal liability in China is 16, with those between 14 and 16 held criminally responsible for serious crimes such as rape, robbery and intentional homicide., "China Lowers Age of Criminal Liability to 12 for Some Crimes," 27 Dec. 2020 Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide in the killings of two men, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, on Aug. 25, following protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Washington Post, "Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s new merchandise site signals ‘new era’ of criminal defense," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Jan 2021

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“Intentional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce intentional (audio)

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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