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

Other Words from intentional

intentionality \ in-​ˌten(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce intentional (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The 12-year-old's grandfather, Andrez Martina, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and physical abuse of a child in relation to his death on August 29, 2021. Lorraine Taylor, Fox News, 5 May 2022 Marshall was 16 at the time and was charged as an adult in 2008 with first-degree intentional homicide for the fatal shooting of Lavare Gould, 19, in Milwaukee. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 May 2022 Prosecutors on Wednesday charged a 14-year-old boy in adult court with first-degree intentional homicide in Peters' death. CBS News, 29 Apr. 2022 In Wisconsin, first-degree intentional homicide, which is the first count in the criminal complaint, by law originally starts in adult court. Amir Vera And Rebekah Riess, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 Nine of Bakari's 10 attackers were later identified and charged with intentional homicide in Greece. Kyler Alvord,, 3 Mar. 2022 Gratitude is an essential leadership skill that must be intentional, frequent and authentic. Caroline Castrillon, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 The writer of Gateway Pundit — a website described by PolitiFact as conservative with a high number of false claims posted — was booked and faces domestic violence charges of intentional and knowingly assault on the young woman. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2022 Further, Stephan’s current association with political strategist Dan Rottenstreich likely sent a signal, intentional or not. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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