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

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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Iran’s decision is its first clear, intentional violation of the accord. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "How Close Is Iran to Developing Its Own Nuclear Weapons?," 1 July 2019 Those who have done active shooter drills say that, of course, pretending a mass shooting is happening does upset the intentional tranquility that Shabbat prayers aim to create. Ben Sales,, "Synagogues are now conducting active shooter drills during services," 1 July 2019 There’s intentional pleasure anticipating their comeuppance. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Review: Ari Aster's crazy new horror flick 'Midsommar' is ready to mess with your mind," 1 July 2019 Lesbian establishments usually get their recognition through intentional branding from owners or a word-of-mouth reputation. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "It's 'Cheers, but queer.' Louisville’s last lesbian bar reflects shift in LGBTQ nightlife," 28 June 2019 Other situations where students can be expelled include intentional battery or aggravated assault with a weapon and battery on school staff., "New Orleans schools seek better discipline process as expulsions drop but suspensions rise," 27 June 2019 After an intentional walk to Calhoun, Albert Pujols blooped an RBI single into center. Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register, "Angels win fourth straight, winning in the first game of the season with their full lineup," 27 June 2019 Seen at Dries Van Noten, Casablanca, and Saint Laurent, the sultry look comes with an intentional side of skeeze—and that’s not a bad thing. Vogue, "Leave Jake Gyllenhaal’s Gold Chain Alone," 27 June 2019 Any positive test results for sulfonamides could be the result of leftover antibiotics from that time or intentional misuse, Jonker said. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Study finds residue of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone in non-organic milk," 26 June 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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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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to complain fretfully

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