un·​in·​tend·​ed | \ ˌən-in-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce unintended (audio) \

Definition of unintended

: not planned as a purpose or goal : not deliberate or intended an unintended consequence/effect an unintended pregnancy

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Recent Examples on the Web Another unintended consequence of leaving the debt was that it would get sent to collection agencies and impact students' credit scores, blocking their progress in life in other ways. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new MATC scholarship program wipes out the debt of students who dropped out and gives them a second chance to graduate," 27 June 2020 The unintended consequences of pulling an additional $40 million a year out of about 75 businesses could be significant. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland proposal to restructure business taxes would boost revenue by $40 million," 23 June 2020 Restrictions on individual travel have had unintended and traumatic repercussions for many seafarers. Kitack Lim, WSJ, "Seafarers Need Recognition and Support from Governments: IMO Chief," 22 June 2020 Clearly, the current national climate is such that this debate may produce unintended consequences for our student athletes here at Mississippi State University and those at the University of Mississippi. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "SEC’s Greg Sankey stands against Mississippi flag; Mississippi State, Ole Miss react," 19 June 2020 Other lawmakers and leaders say defunding police departments could have unintended consequences. John Eligon, BostonGlobe.com, "After protests, politicians reconsider police budgets and discipline," 8 June 2020 On some earbuds, this leads to unintended reverb or a cracking sound that creates a less than stellar experience. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 16 June 2020 The unintended impact of narrow assessments that omit key variables could create disincentives for investing in novel treatment discovery that could offer improvements or even a cure. Patricia Deverka, STAT, "Covid-19 and remdesivir: rethinking how we measure a drug’s ‘value’," 15 June 2020 More likely is the risk of realizing unintended consequences. Chris Alden, Quartz Africa, "A South African proposal to allow the breeding of wildlife for slaughter could end in disaster," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of unintended

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unintended was in 1649

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1 Jul 2020

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“Unintended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintended. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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: not planned as a purpose or goal : not intended

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