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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Special allegations against Martinez include multiple murders that were intentional because of race and firing a gun from a motor vehicle. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Inglewood man targeted blacks in hate-crime shootings that killed two, D.A. says," 16 Aug. 2019 Just be intentional and find a place for them in your surroundings. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Applying the Marie Kondo Method to My Beauty Routine," 13 Aug. 2019 Since the 1943 release, escapes and intentional releases by pet owners have greatly expanded the population. Dan Sweeney,, "Where did all these curlytail lizards come from? | You asked, we answer," 5 Aug. 2019 Creator Matt Duffer made have confirmed that the season 3's parallels to Stars Wars were intentional. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Is This Proof That Hopper from "Stranger Things" Isn’t Dead?," 1 Aug. 2019 If 10 or more are harmful, isn’t the intentional release of one to 10 equally as harmful?, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 7 June 2019 Methane, the main component of natural gas, is frequently wasted through leaks or intentional releases during oil and gas drilling. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "Trump rolls back pollution rules for drilling on US lands," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of intentional

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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