intentional

adjective in·ten·tion·al \ in-ˈtench-nəl , -ˈten(t)-shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of intentional

1 : done by intention or design : intended
  • intentional damage
2 a : of or relating to epistemological intention
b : having external reference

intentionality

play \in-ˌten(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē\ noun

intentionally

play \in-ˈtench-nə-lē, -ˈten(t)-shə-nᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of intentional in a Sentence

  1. an intentional and premeditated killing

  2. I apologize for the omission of your name from the list. It was not intentional.

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First Known Use of intentional

circa 1677

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of 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

INTENTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

intentional

Definition of intentional for English Language Learners

  • : done in a way that is planned or intended


INTENTIONAL Defined for Kids

intentional

adjective in·ten·tion·al \ in-ˈten-shə-nəl \

Definition of intentional for Students

: done in a deliberate way : not accidental
  • an intentional error

intentionally

adverb

Law Dictionary

intentional

adjective in·ten·tion·al \ in-ˈten-chə-nəl \

legal Definition of intentional

: done with intent
  • an intentional tort
  • intentional discrimination

intentionally

adverb


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