unintended

adjective
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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In short, Nora needs that divorce, setting up Hnath’s drama of unintended consequences: Is Nora in a position to ask for a favor? Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "She’s baaaack: Nora makes an ambivalent return in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at Seattle Rep," 25 Mar. 2019 There are also certain foods and beverages that are rumored to have the unintended effect of boosting milk supply. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 But as Brown explained at a recent event in New York City, those conversations may have some unintended side effects: After a wedding planning discussion during Thanksgiving, Brown says Jordan had an anxiety attack that landed him in the hospital. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Karamo Brown Says His Fiancé Had a 'Severe Anxiety Attack' That Sent Him to the Hospital," 29 Nov. 2018 Over the weekend, though, Black Ops 4 players found the game's new gesture system had the unintended side effect of breaking this balance, letting players easily and safely see around cover from a third-person perspective. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Players are exploiting Black Ops 4 emotes to peek around corners," 15 Oct. 2018 The unintended effect of all the caterwauling is that baseball has branded itself as too slow. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 While Trump says his trade policy is aimed at reviving domestic manufacturing, Harley-Davidson’s decision shows how the administration’s moves could have the unintended effect of reducing US employment and economic growth. Alan Rappeport, BostonGlobe.com, "Harley-Davidson will move some production out of US," 25 June 2018 The number of migrants going to Algeria is increasing as an unintended side effect of Europe's successful blocking of the Libyan crossing, said Camille Le Coz, an analyst at the Migration Policy Institute in Brussels. Fox News, "Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018 The number of migrants going to Algeria is increasing as an unintended side effect of Europe’s successful blocking of the Libyan crossing, said Camille Le Coz, an analyst at the Migration Policy Institute in Brussels. Washington Post, "Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of unintended

1649, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2019

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The first known use of unintended was in 1649

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unintended

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unintended

: not planned as a purpose or goal : not intended

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