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unintentional

[uhn-in-ten-shuh-nl] /ˌʌn ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
not intentional or deliberate:
an unintentional omission from the list.
Origin of unintentional
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85; un-1 + intentional
Related forms
unintentionally, adverb
Synonyms
accidental, unplanned, inadvertent.
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Examples from the Web for unintentionally
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  • unintentionally, Pierre heard her and understood everything.

  • But is it better to do wrong intentionally or unintentionally?

  • But either I do not corrupt them, or I corrupt them unintentionally; and on either view of the case you lie.

    Apology Plato
  • My niece (as I once called her) mortified me unintentionally; she said I was ageing.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Captain Abrams had unintentionally contributed to Alfred's discontent.

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British Dictionary definitions for unintentionally

unintentional

/ˌʌnɪnˈtɛnʃənəl/
adjective
1.
not deliberate; accidental: the killing had been unintentional
Derived Forms
unintentionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unintentionally

unintentional

adj.

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

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