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 Mashburn said Friday that there’s no evidence the crash was intentional. Washington Post, "Man charged in deaths of Oklahoma high school students run over by truck," 8 Feb. 2020 But investigators have not yet determined why the pickup crashed into the students on Monday or whether that crash was intentional, Lewis said. Ken Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "2nd student dies after pickup truck plows into Oklahoma cross-country running team," 4 Feb. 2020 The sheriff added that the toddler has serious injuries that appear to be intentional. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "'Horrific, heartbreaking' abuse of a toddler leads to uncle's arrest, according to sheriff," 31 Jan. 2020 Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting Houston police, and a criminal investigation is under way, but Chief Acevedo said there is no reason to believe the explosion was intentional. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, "Industrial Blast in Houston Kills at Least Two," 24 Jan. 2020 Wearing one color top-to-bottom is the easiest way to show that every part of your look is intentional. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "5 Fun, Different Ways to Wear Beanies—That All Work," 17 Jan. 2020 The intentional grounding penalty hurt us on one drive. Matt Kawahara,, "Derek Carr: Raiders ‘trending upward’ but 7-9 finish ‘isn’t good enough’," 29 Dec. 2019 Clara and Patty enter Wonderland across a threshold (comparisons to coming out of a closet are intentional, Henrot says) rather than down a rabbit hole. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "‘Nutcracker in Wonderland’: The song is the same, but the story has changed in Ballet Co.Laboratory show," 12 Dec. 2019 Bachus picked the ball up and attempted to heave it to the sideline out of danger, but his throw fell short of the line of scrimmage, resulting in an intentional grounding penalty for a safety. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky football sets school record for rushing yards in rout of UT Martin," 23 Nov. 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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18 Feb 2020

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“Intentional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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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