intentional

adjective
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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Other Words from intentional

intentionality \ in-​ˌten(t)-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce intentionality (audio) \ noun
intentionally \ in-​ˈtench-​nə-​lē How to pronounce intentionally (audio) , -​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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This year, Swift has become more intentional about sharing her opinions publicly, and her fans love her more for it. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Pride Month Is Off To A Heartfelt Start With A Speech From Taylor Swift," 3 June 2018 Gersh is suing Anglin for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violation of Montana's Anti-Intimidation Act. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case," 15 Nov. 2018 The suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress and defamation. Fox News, "Woman sues diocese, alleges 'smear' effort over abuse claims," 13 Sep. 2018 This vision — of free-range children and sustainable farming in an intentional, intergenerational community — came from Lisa Lloyd, a B.C. native who bought the 115-acre property 40 years ago. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "Meals at Stowel Lake Farm celebrate its organic vegetable garden, and its intergenerational community," 5 Feb. 2019 This is intentional, as, since the mid-nineteen-eighties, the Mul family has had an exclusive partnership to grow jasmine and roses for Chanel. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "How many roses go into a bottle of Chanel No. 5?," 12 Mar. 2018 Shiny silver chrome and brushed nickel are too close that their pairing will look accidental and clash-y, not intentional. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "3 Design "Rules" You Don't Need To Follow Anymore," 15 Nov. 2018 The existence of peering agreements between Google and MainOne and Cloudflare and MainOne further supports the assurances the routing mishap wasn’t intentional. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google goes down after major BGP mishap routes traffic through China," 12 Nov. 2018 This was not intentional on my part but somehow happened this way. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Leah + Rae Is the Baby Brand We Want for Ourselves," 19 Sep. 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 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

intentional

adjective
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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