intentional

adjective
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.

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But the evolution seems less intentional than a matter of path dependence and lack of holistic planning. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 That was intentional: Simkin says that Rae was adamant about wearing a Vera Wang design, since the designer dressed her last year. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Issa Rae's Emmys Glow Was All Thanks to This $10 Highlighter," 17 Sep. 2018 Khloe has posted quotes on Instagram before, but this one seems pretty intentional. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Here's Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's FULL Relationship Timeline," 26 July 2018 All were killed in late March when one of their adoptive mothers, Jennifer Hart, drove an SUV over a cliff near Mendocino, California, and plunged into the Pacific Ocean 100 feet below - an act the local sheriff called intentional. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, chicagotribune.com, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 To win in court, said Kansas City lawyer Mitchell Burgess, the error must have been so far beyond the pale as to seem intentional. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Firefighters protect us. Who protects them?," 13 July 2018 All were killed in late March when one of their adoptive mothers, Jennifer Hart, drove an SUV over a cliff near Mendocino, Calif., and plunged into the Pacific Ocean 100 feet below — an act the local sheriff called intentional. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 All were killed in late March when one of their adoptive mothers, Jennifer Hart, drove an SUV over a cliff near Mendocino, California, and plunged into the Pacific Ocean 100 feet below - an act the local sheriff called intentional. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 Of the approximately 156,000 calls received by poison control centers during the study period, approximately 82% were considered unintentional exposures, and 18% were considered intentional. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%, study suggests," 21 May 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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intentional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intentional

: done in a way that is planned or intended

intentional

adjective
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

intentional

adjective
in·​ten·​tion·​al | \in-ˈten-chə-nəl \

Legal Definition of intentional 

: done with intent an intentional tort intentional discrimination

Other Words from intentional

intentionally adverb

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