un·​in·​tend·​ed ˌən-in-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce unintended (audio)
: not planned as a purpose or goal : not deliberate or intended
an unintended consequence/effect
an unintended pregnancy

Examples of unintended in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For France, the funding of and military support given to the American Revolution had an unintended consequence: the French Revolution. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 7 Apr. 2024 None of this is cheap, and the risks of unintended consequences — and questions about whether these ideas even work — loom large. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2024 Commenting on or taking concrete action based solely on employee sentiments can be risky and bring about unintended consequences. Sander Van 't Noordende, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 In what might be a case of good intentions gone wrong, bills fighting against book bans might come with a potential unintended consequence: library penalties. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 1 Apr. 2024 The defect can cause damage over time that results in unintended movement in the cars while in park if the parking brake is not engaged. Samantha Delouya, CNN, 29 Mar. 2024 Gaza, an unintended consequence of creating a Jewish homeland, requires the collective will and resolution of the world to reverse the years of devastation. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 Engineers need time to understand how new commands will affect the spacecraft and to avoid unintended consequences. George Petras, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 Notably, 70% of pregnancies occurring in the first year after delivery are unintended. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 14 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unintended was in 1649

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“Unintended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintended. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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