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

Keep scrolling for more

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Fischer said the Alaska Constitution gives the regents the authority to formulate policy and appoint the university system president, and that independence was intentional. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "With significant decisions looming for University of Alaska leaders, questions remain about state funding," 30 July 2019 The driver of the vehicle that crashed into a west Phoenix home Sunday night has been detained after police suspected the collision was intentional, officials said. Aubrey Carpenter, azcentral, "Driver intentionally crashed vehicle into Phoenix home, police say," 22 July 2019 Being intentional with a plan, being realistic with your expectations, and then measuring your progress is an excellent habit stream. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving investor behavior: Strengthen your financial superpowers," 21 July 2019 At the time, that workforce was overwhelmingly black and Latinx, and excluding them from a minimum wage was intentional. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "The House just passed a $15 minimum wage. It would be the first increase in a decade.," 18 July 2019 The last of his career-high four walks Saturday was intentional, but the others required him to lay off pitches the 24-year-old contact hitter simply has seemed incapable of for so much of his career. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Manuel Margot finally tightening zone, flying on bases for Padres," 14 July 2019 The east stands of the stadium will be general admission, something Mandell said was intentional in order to create community. Slade Rand,, "Hartford has it: City prepares for jam-packed weekend of fireworks, soccer, baseball, music and beer," 10 July 2019 The disorientation is intentional—a bid to disconcert an audience in a place preoccupied with defining its own frontiers. The Economist, "On the borders of art in Israel," 28 June 2019 Pandora also has occasional bursts of anachronistic humor that seem intentional and verging on effective, rather than relying on accidental laughs to break the monotony. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pandora': TV Review," 16 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'intentional.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of intentional

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about intentional

Statistics for intentional

Last Updated

5 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for intentional

The first known use of intentional was circa 1677

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for intentional



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on intentional

What made you want to look up intentional? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by turns or indirection

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!