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[uhn-in-ten-shuh-nl] /ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl/
not intentional or deliberate:
an unintentional omission from the list.
Origin of unintentional
First recorded in 1775-85; un-1 + intentional
Related forms
unintentionally, adverb
accidental, unplanned, inadvertent. Unabridged
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  • Ornamentation, when it does begin to appear, arises at first in a strictly practical and unintentional manner.

    Falling in Love Grant Allen
  • The swagger was unintentional, and the recklessness did not exist.

    The Golden Dream R.M. Ballantyne
  • His eyes, indeed, had begun to be opened before he left Paris, and Marie Kummer was the unintentional cause.

  • “Yes, he is dead,” replied Tresler, with unintentional solemnity.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
  • “I think it was pretty rough, Mr. Upton, to penalize him for an unintentional foul,” said Morrill.

    The Jester of St. Timothy's Arthur Stanwood Pier
British Dictionary definitions for unintentional


not deliberate; accidental: the killing had been unintentional
Derived Forms
unintentionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unintentional

1782, from un- (1) "not" + intentional. Related: Unintentionally (1769).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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