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 intentionality (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 companies were charged with intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty, according to court documents. Sarah Midkiff,, "Leaving Neverland Accusers Can Sue For Sexual Abuse, After A Change To This California Law," 6 Jan. 2020 The man unsuccessfully sued Riley and other officers for unlawful entry to his home, false arrest, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Lateshia Beachum, Washington Post, "Police arrested and used a stun gun on a grandmother three times for not letting them enter her home," 30 Dec. 2019 At the end of the episode, in a delightfully brief sequence that's both hilarious and heartbreaking, PEN15 reminds us that that portrayal is totally intentional. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2019: These were our favorite shows and binges this year," 28 Dec. 2019 Every slip, skid and stumble in Blueface’s phrasing is completely intentional, allowing him to take illicit sneak-peeks into the near future. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "The year’s best rappers sounded ahead of their time. Literally.," 13 Dec. 2019 Choosing to go into rural Mexico for the company's first project was intentional, too. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "First 3D-Printed Neighborhood Now Has First 3D-Printed Houses," 12 Dec. 2019 This is very intentional, according to Freddie, and the result of two main factors. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "'The Good Doctor' Star Freddie Highmore Says He Feels "Very Fortunate" to Play Someone With Autism on TV," 22 Oct. 2019 There was an earnestness to it that was very intentional; there really wasn’t much to peel away., "Milestone mural brings Shepard Fairey back to Providence - The Boston Globe," 19 Oct. 2019 Each KimChi Chic Beauty product rings up at less than $30, which was a very intentional choice. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Drag Race's KimChi Spilled All the Details About Her Adorable, Affordable Beauty Brand," 16 Oct. 2019

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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 2020

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“Intentional.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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