- See under intention(def 5b).
- an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.
- the end or object intended; purpose.
- purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct: a bungler with good intentions.
- purpose or attitude with respect to marriage: Our friends are beginning to ask what our intentions are.
- the act or fact of intending.
- Also called first intention, primary intention.reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
- Also called second intention, secondary intention.reference to properties, classes, or the relationships among first intentions.
- Surgery, Medicine/Medical. a manner or process of healing, as in the healing of a lesion or fracture without granulation (healing by first intention) or the healing of a wound by granulation after suppuration (healing by second intention).
- meaning or significance: The intention of his words was clear.
- the person or thing meant to benefit from a prayer or religious offering.
- Archaic. intentness.
Origin of intention
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- a purpose or goal; aimit is his intention to reform
- law the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
- med a natural healing process, as by first intention, in which the edges of a wound cling together with no tissue between, or by second intention, in which the wound edges adhere with granulation tissue
- (usually plural) design or purpose with respect to a proposal of marriage (esp in the phrase honourable intentions)
- an archaic word for meaning, intentness
Word Origin and History for secondary-intention
mid-14c., from Old French entencion "stretching, intensity, will, thought" (12c.), from Latin intentionem (nominative intentio) "a stretching out, straining, exertion, effort; attention," noun of action from intendere "to turn one's attention," literally "to stretch out" (see intend).
- An aim that guides action.
- The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.