intention

[in-ten-shuhn]

noun


Origin of intention

1300–50; Middle English intencio(u)n < Latin intentiōn- (stem of intentiō). See intent2, -ion
Related formsin·ten·tion·less, adjectivemis·in·ten·tion, nounpre·in·ten·tion, nounsub·in·ten·tion, noun

Synonyms for intention

2. goal. Intention, intent, purpose all refer to a wish that one means to carry out. Intention is the general word: His intention is good. Intent is chiefly legal or literary: attack with intent to kill. Purpose implies having a goal or determination to achieve something: Her strong sense of purpose is reflected in her studies.
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Examples from the Web for intention

Contemporary Examples of intention

Historical Examples of intention

  • Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government.

  • The intention is, I tell you plainly, to mortify you into a sense of your duty.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • She could feel its false precision, its intention, its repulse of her.

  • He turned toward the hall door as if with the intention of lighting the chandelier.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • And, if it's any comfort to you, I have no intention of interfering in any way.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for intention

intention

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for intention
n.

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

intention in Medicine

intention

[ĭn-tĕnshən]

n.

An aim that guides action.
The process by which or the manner in which a wound heals.
Related formsin•tention•al adj.
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