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primary intention

Logic. See under intention (def 5a). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Now this monasticism had for its primary intention the contemplation of God.

    Mediaeval Socialism

    Bede Jarrett
  • It must be so; for in war the effect of an operation is never confined to the limits of its immediate or primary intention.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy

    Julian Stafford Corbett
  • Only the first volume originally contained much more Egyptian material, and the third I lengthened beyond my primary intention.

  • But assuredly it was not with the primary intention of making this confession that either play was written.

    The Youth of Goethe Peter Hume Brown
  • Let us say that a sin is an act deliberately committed with the primary intention of inflicting an injury upon some one.

  • Of this change eternity is by primary intention the negation, as its philological form shows.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

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