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intentional

[in-ten-shuh-nl] /ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
done with intention or on purpose; intended:
an intentional insult.
2.
of or relating to intention or purpose.
3.
Metaphysics.
  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
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; intention + -al1
Related forms
intentionality, noun
intentionally, adverb
subintentional, adjective
subintentionally, adverb
Synonyms
1. designed, planned.
Antonyms
1. accidental.
Synonym Study
1. See deliberate.
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intentional

/ɪnˈtɛnʃənəl/
adjective
1.
performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
2.
of or relating to intention or purpose
3.
(philosophy)
  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
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Word Origin and History for intentional
adj.

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

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