un·​in·​ten·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-in-ˈtench-nəl, -ˈten(t)-shə-nᵊl How to pronounce unintentional (audio) \

Definition of unintentional

: not done by intention or design : not intentional an unintentional effect causing unintentional harm/offense

Other Words from unintentional

unintentionally adverb
an unintentionally offensive remark

Examples of unintentional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, Thou and Kueng face a state trial in October on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Eric Levenson, CNN, 27 July 2022 In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the top charge against him of aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 27 July 2022 Firearms contribute to deaths from suicide and unintentional injury and to many nonlethal injuries. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 18 July 2022 The Game of Thrones star has joined the cast of the Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes as Casca Highbottom, the dean of the Academy and unintentional creator of the Hunger Games. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 18 July 2022 Experts said the new results highlight the importance of running larger trials, which study enough people to minimize unintentional mistakes. Edward Chen, STAT, 18 July 2022 But the additional challenge for dockworkers is that the presence of other dangerous gases could be entirely unintentional and unexpected. Chris Baraniuk, Wired, 16 July 2022 That includes even if the death was accidental or unintentional. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 12 July 2022 Insider threats include unintentional and intentional acts that undermine cybersecurity, and human intelligence can help companies identify and respond to insider threats. Yec, Forbes, 12 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unintentional

1782, in the meaning defined above

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“Unintentional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintentional. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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un·​in·​ten·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-in-ˈten-shə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of unintentional

: not done on purpose : not intentional an unintentional error

Other Words from unintentional

unintentionally adverb Her remarks unintentionally hurt my feelings.

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Nglish: Translation of unintentional for Spanish Speakers


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