un·​in·​ten·​tion·​al | \ ˌən-in-ˈtench-nəl How to pronounce unintentional (audio) , -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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In fact, pads, liners, and other crib accessories are a risk: a new study in Pediatrics reports that unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury death among infants, and soft bedding accounted for 69% of those cases. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Are Crib Bumpers Safe? Experts Say Not Even Those "Breathable" Mesh Ones Should Be Used," 29 Apr. 2019 The basic slogan tee could have been viewed as having an unintentional message of exclusion for the feminist movement, since obviously many likely couldn’t afford to spend this much on a T-shirt. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "How The Wing Has Created a Retail Environment That Actually Helps Women," 21 Mar. 2019 Almora drew a walk in the third inning Tuesday, his first unintentional walk since June 2, a span of 89 plate appearances. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Kris Bryant's return from DL delayed at least until Friday," 3 July 2018 Although the discount was unintentional, the family has reportedly chosen not to work with Jordyn anymore. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Explained Why the Jordyn Woods Lip Kit Was Discounted," 1 Apr. 2019 One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. Vogue, "Celebrity Manicurist Deborah Lippmann on Beauty, Aging, and the Product That Changed her Relationship With her Hands," 1 Apr. 2019 The trailer is reminiscent of a Westworld Delos ad, which, though likely unintentional, is rather clever; Handmaids are essentially breeding hosts in Gilead, after all. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Trailer Dropped During the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 But deaths from unintentional injuries were up significantly from 2016. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US life expectancy continues to move in reverse," 29 Nov. 2018 And among the children ages 1 to 4 who die of unintentional injuries, drowning accounts for one-third of the deaths. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "What to Know About Pool Safety and How to Prevent Drowning Emergencies," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of unintentional

1782, in the meaning defined above

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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