un·​in·​tend·​ed | \ ˌən-in-ˈten-dəd \

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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Based on the trailer for the upcoming Part 2, Sabrina will be leaning into her wild side (and her flirtation with Nick Scratch) even more—with more unintended consequences likely to fall as a result. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 18 Dec. 2018 While phonemes help convey meaning, speech-recognition software does not account for unintended repetitions of them, according to Rudzicz. Kevin Wheeler, Curbed, "Why voice assistants don’t understand people who stutter," 12 Dec. 2018 Of course, managing those unintended downsides will probably represent the bulk of Clegg’s time at Facebook. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp," 20 Oct. 2018 The pair challenge each other to a Gladiator-style duel (in which episode host Adam Driver also becomes an unintended casualty) that ends with Davidson impaling Mooney with a sword. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "SNL Epically Roasted Cast Member Pete Davidson About His Summer With Ariana Grande," 30 Sep. 2018 The problem is that these powders and pills come at a hefty financial cost, and could have some unintended, undesirable consequences for your health. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Keto Diet Pills and Supplements May Hurt Your Health and Waste Your Money," 16 Jan. 2019 Newsletter Sign-up Foles’s return has had other unintended consequences. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Saint Nick Foles Is Here to Save the Eagles. Again.," 28 Dec. 2018 The system that produces medications and distributes them to patients and pays for them is stunningly complex, making the problems and any unintended consequences difficult to identify. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Warren’s interesting new bill to lower generic drug prices, explained.," 20 Dec. 2018 This would help to minimize the chance of unintended consequences (e.g., increased stress, anxiety, or even the risk of behavioral addiction). Brian Resnick, Vox, "Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts.," 29 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unintended

: not planned as a purpose or goal : not intended

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