unintentional

adjective
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

Examples of unintentional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The risk of cyberattacks on command and control systems adds another layer of uncertainty, as does research on artificial intelligence that increases the prospect of accidents and the unintentional use of nuclear weapons. Jessica T. Mathews, The New York Review of Books, "The New Nuclear Threat," 22 July 2020 If convicted on all charges, Chauvin would be sentenced only on the top count of unintentional second-degree murder. NBC News, "Experts say upgraded charge against officer in George Floyd's death fits," 3 June 2020 The other three officers are facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Derek Chauvin While Kneeling On George Floyd's Neck: 'It Takes A Heck Of A Lot Of Oxygen To Talk'," 9 July 2020 Chauvin, 44, initially was charged with third-degree murder but had his charges upgraded to include second-degree unintentional murder and manslaughter, and remains jailed with his bail set at $1.25 million. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "George Floyd Told Officers 'I Can’t Breathe' More than 20 Times Before He Died, Transcript Reveals," 9 July 2020 Lane, Kueng, and Tou Thao have all been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "Derek Chauvin told George Floyd "it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen" to talk during fatal arrest, transcript shows," 9 July 2020 Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "'It takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk': Body camera transcripts from George Floyd death released," 8 July 2020 Chauvin has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Four ex-cops linked to George Floyd's death appear in court, judge sets 2021 trial date," 29 June 2020 Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after he was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes during an arrest last month. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Trial for four officers charged in George Floyd death set for March 2021," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of unintentional

1782, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unintentional was in 1782

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“Unintentional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unintentional. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for unintentional

unintentional

adjective
How to pronounce unintentional (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unintentional

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

unintentional

adjective
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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