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

Examples of unintended in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are related to policies that, on the face of it, are well-intended, but have negative unintended consequences. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 That heightens the danger of unintended consequences that could lead to outright conflict. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 However, some observers worry about the potential unintended consequences of such laws, which have at times in the past contributed to mass incarceration and disproportionately harmed Black Americans. Brandon Tensley And Eva Mckend, CNN, 31 July 2022 John Edwards was a beloved fixture on his Bronx block and another unintended victim of the gun violence that has put many New Yorkers on edge. New York Times, 11 July 2022 The unintended victim, a 41-year-old Milwaukee woman, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. Giovana Gelhoren, PEOPLE.com, 9 July 2022 Officials believe the woman was an unintended victim. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2022 But the death of 20-year-old Robert Odom, the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting that week, pushed tensions in the neighborhood to a boiling point. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2022 The mother of a Puerto Rican Olympian killed by a stray bullet in her Connecticut home was an unintended victim of a drug dispute that erupted into the firing of more than 20 gunshots, a police official said Tuesday. Dave Collins, ajc, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Unintended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintended. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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