un·​in·​ten·​tion·​al | \ˌən-in-ˈtench-nəl, -ˈten(t)-shə-nᵊl\

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

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Additionally, about 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning across the nation, reports said. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Here's what you need to know about dry drowning," 21 June 2018 However, some fans have expressed concern that the design bears an unintentional resemblance to Neo-Nazi imagery. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Shakira slammed for selling Nazi-like necklace to promote 'El Dorado' tour," 21 June 2018 What is a 'dry drowning?' Drowning ranks as the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Here's what you need to know about dry drowning," 21 June 2018 Carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 400 unintentional deaths annually in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford Explorer drivers complain of dizziness, nausea, vomiting," 23 Jan. 2018 Most pay gaps are unintentional, said Jee-Yeon Lehmann, a vice president at the Boston economic consulting firm Analysis Group, which partners with law firms to conduct statistical analyses of compensation data. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "As gender pay law kicks in, companies scrutinize wages," 30 June 2018 In fact, Thomas’ absence left room for a striking (if unintentional) feminist statement from Meghan, who ended up walking down most of the aisle herself before being handed off to Prince Harry by his father, Prince Charles. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle's Dad Wasn't At The Royal Wedding, But He's Got Some Thoughts," 19 May 2018 Eventually, Costas' greatest unintentional impact on the World Series coverage came a few days later in Oakland before Game 4. Tom Hoffarth, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Only in Hollywood': How MLB Network Captures the Drama (and Humor) of the '88 Dodgers," 13 July 2018 Despite the unintentional win, Ocasio-Cortez is unable to accept the nomination in a second district. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "New Democratic Superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Won Another Primary—In a District She Didn't Even Run In," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of unintentional

1782, in the meaning defined above

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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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