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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Some academics and free-speech advocates have raised concerns that in a rush to limit Facebook’s power, governments are drafting policies with unintended consequences. Adam Satariano, BostonGlobe.com, "With a $5 billion fine, the pain may just be beginning for Facebook," 14 July 2019 Some academics and free speech advocates have raised concerns that in a rush to limit Facebook’s power, governments are drafting policies with unintended consequences. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More.," 13 July 2019 In other words, digital money may have unintended consequences. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Tencent created QQ Coin long before Facebook’s Libra," 11 July 2019 As always, the law of unintended consequences has the last word. Mona Charen, National Review, "Is Joe Biden Vulnerable, or Are the Democrats?," 5 July 2019 The Israeli campaign, however surgical, risks miscalculations and unintended consequences. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israel Is Blamed for Deadly Missile Strikes in Syria," 1 July 2019 Ambiguity remains on how Libra will operate and what the unintended consequences could be globally. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Could the Libra cryptocurrency be a good thing?," 28 June 2019 But Frances Lee of the University of Maryland argued that transparency has often created unintended consequences. Richard Skinner, Vox, "Technology and transparency: the path to a modern Congress?," 26 June 2019 There will be kinks to work out, and unintended consequences. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Tech companies are stepping back in time to fight climate crisis," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of unintended

1649, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 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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