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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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 The sad truth: Suicide among our youth ages 10-24 was the second leading cause of death, behind unintentional injuries, in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Larry Villano, Lpc, Lisac, USA TODAY, "The teen suicide rate has more than doubled: Here's how you can help save your child," 8 June 2018 According to the report, for youth aged 10-14 years and 15-19 years, the increases in total death rates were attributable to increases in injury deaths, such as suicide, homicide, unintentional injury or legal intervention/war. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "What’s killing America’s teens? Inside CDC’s new mortality report," 2 June 2018 But a child’s natural curiosity can cause some effects that bring very costly lessons — according to the Center for Disease Control, unintentional injuries are the most common cause of death of children over age 1. Anneliese Dickman, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kids and guns: What you need to know to keep your young child safe," 19 Jan. 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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