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

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Other Words from unintentional

unintentionally adverb
an unintentionally offensive remark

Examples of unintentional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even if unintentional, this can turn your tone from contrite to contentious. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Following a trial earlier this year, a jury found Chauvin guilty on charges of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 11 June 2021 Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Amy Forliti, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2021 The officer, Derek Chauvin, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. NBC News, 9 June 2021 Former Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder in April. Fox News, 4 June 2021 The maximum sentence allowed under Minnesota law for second-degree unintentional murder is 40 years. Omar Jimenez, CNN, 2 June 2021 Update, May 6: Camille Bromley, a features editor at Believer, wrote in Defector that Shenk’s exposure of his genitals, while perhaps unintentional, reflected a larger pattern of disrespect toward employees. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 6 May 2021 Joe Navarro breaks down the intentional (and unintentional) non-verbals displayed during dating. Mike Rose, cleveland, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unintentional

1782, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jun 2021

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“Unintentional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintentional. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unintentional

: not done in a way that is planned or intended : not intentional


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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