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[in-ten-shuh-nl] /ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl/
done with intention or on purpose; intended:
an intentional insult.
of or relating to intention or purpose.
  1. pertaining to an appearance, phenomenon, or representation in the mind; phenomenal; representational.
  2. pertaining to the capacity of the mind to refer to an existent or nonexistent object.
  3. pointing beyond itself, as consciousness or a sign.
Origin of intentional
First recorded in 1520-30; intention + -al1
Related forms
intentionality, noun
intentionally, adverb
subintentional, adjective
subintentionally, adverb
1. designed, planned.
1. accidental.
Synonym Study
1. See deliberate. Unabridged
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  • The look when it came was one of those deliberate, intentional stares which made one feel so contemptible and insignificant.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • I was not offended, for I am the first to make allowance when rudeness is not intentional.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
  • intentional omission of one spouse to warn the other of an attempt by a third person on the life of the other spouse.

  • His delay may have been intentional, yet he had the appearance of deep preoccupation.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • Want of confidence, and even of intentional deceit, might be attributed to him; and he would not be able to deny nor explain.

    The Man Bram Stoker
British Dictionary definitions for intentional


performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
of or relating to intention or purpose
  1. of or relating to the capacity of the mind to refer to different kinds of objects
  2. (of an object) existing only as the object of some mental attitude rather than in reality, as a unicorn in she hopes to meet a unicorn See also intensional
Derived Forms
intentionality, noun
intentionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for intentional

1520s, from Medieval Latin intentionalis, from intentionem (see intention). Intentional fallacy recorded from 1946. Related: Intentionality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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