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intention

[ in-ten-shuhn ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn ʃən /
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noun

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RELATED WORDS

aim, motive, plan, objective, hope, purpose, end, designation, point, object, drift, design, struggle, animus, impulsion

Nearby words

intensive, intensive care, intensive care unit, intensively, intent, intention, intention movement, intention spasm, intention tremor, intentional, intentional community

Origin of intention

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

intention

/ (ɪnˈtɛnʃən) /

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for intention

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

Medicine definitions for intention

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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