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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The revolving door is an unintended byproduct of long-standing payment policies. Jordan Rau, chicagotribune.com, "Medicare takes aim at boomerang hospitalizations of nursing home patients," 22 June 2018 Unmarried women are more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy, and black women are less likely than their white, Asian and Hispanic counterparts to marry. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Let’s Talk About the Black Abortion Rate," 10 July 2018 Family planning — which aims to help people avoid unintended pregnancies with contraceptives and other services — had been provided at two city clinics, the Southside Health Center and Keenan Health Center. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women left waiting for cancer screenings after Milwaukee Health Department stopped providing services," 10 July 2018 Behind the roiling public debates are deeply personal experiences: an unintended pregnancy, rape, family influence, a medical crisis, feelings of loss. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 2018 Further, the state experienced a 15 percent drop in unintended pregnancies. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The IUD Vs. The World," 28 June 2018 This would disproportionately affect people of color, who, because of systemic barriers, are disproportionately low-income and face worse outcomes in health care—including unintended pregnancy and worse maternal mortality rates. Gretchen Borchelt, refinery29.com, "Access To Birth Control Is A Right, No Matter What The Trump Administration Thinks," 7 June 2018 Allergan, the drugmaker that makes and distributes Taytulla, issued a nationwide recall this week because of concerns that the packs may fail to work properly, and cause unintended pregnancies. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Taytulla Birth Control Recalled," 30 May 2018 Recent research shows that this led to fewer women getting birth control, and more unintended pregnancies. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "The new Trump plan to defund Planned Parenthood, explained," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of unintended

1649, in the meaning defined above

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