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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Recent Examples on the Web One of White’s greatest strengths, according to Atwood, was her ability to anticipate unintended consequences that may stem from a bill. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 June 2021 Ah, but the law of unintended consequences rears its ugly head in many mysterious ways. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, 4 June 2021 Planning for growing the right trees in the right way and in the right regions: pick the most appropriate regions and trees to ensure climate resilience and permanence of new forests in the long term, while avoiding unintended negative consequences. World Economic Forum, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Green activist victories against Shell, ExxonMobil, and Chevron are pregnant with unintended consequences. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 June 2021 After proposals are selected, participants meet (via Zoom this year) to discuss their artistic and pragmatic ideas, like how to install pieces to withstand the unintended consequences of site-specific art — rain, wind, vandalism. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 While increasing child care quality is an important goal, the current system has some unintended consequences. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 Ducharme is more understanding of Monsees and Bowen’s intentions and the unintended consequences—and a harm-reduction line of thinking—than her counterpart. Alex Norcia, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 The prevailing return-to-work hybrid model could turn to unintended disastrous consequences. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Unintended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintended. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unintended

: not planned as a purpose or goal : not intended

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