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[in-tend-muh nt]
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  1. Law. the true or correct meaning of something.
  2. intention; design; purpose.
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Origin of intendment

1350–1400; intend + -ment; replacing Middle English entendement < Middle French < Medieval Latin intendimentum
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Related Words for intendment

theme, sense, function, desire, direction, goal, determination, wish, aspiration, view, idea, project, reason, intent, principle, ambition, objective, scope, scheme, target

Examples from the Web for intendment

Historical Examples of intendment

  • Thus far in our history, under the malignant influence of Slavery, the odious construction or intendment has prevailed.

    Charles Sumner; His Complete Works, Volume X (of 20)

    Charles Sumner

  • The wisdom and providence of the king must not be disputed by the subject; by intendment they cannot be severed from his person.

    Atrocious Judges

    John Campbell, Baron Campbell

  • While in some doubt as to the legal sufficiency of this instrument, McAllister felt that its intendment was unmistakable.

  • According to the reason of the rule, the great appropriation bills must be equally within its intendment.

British Dictionary definitions for intendment


  1. the meaning of something as fixed or understood by the law
  2. obsolete intention, design, or purpose
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