- done with intention or on purpose; intended: an intentional insult.
- of or relating to intention or purpose.
- pertaining to an appearance, phenomenon, or representation in the mind; phenomenal; representational.
- pertaining to the capacity of the mind to refer to an existent or nonexistent object.
- pointing beyond itself, as consciousness or a sign.
Origin of intentional
SynonymsSee more synonyms for intentional on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for intentional
At the moment, the same dynamic is at work, but largely the result of market forces, not intentional policy in Washington.China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression
Gordon G. Chang
November 13, 2014
But there is more to this behaviour than intentional amnesia.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
Surely it was intentional and perpetrated by Assad or ISIS or a still-unrecognized radical group.Measles Vaccine Mix-Up Kills Dozens of Syrian Children
September 18, 2014
The Estonian statement implied the alleged abduction is an intentional slap in the face to the Americans.Russia Steps Up Pressure on the Baltics
September 5, 2014
To McCain, that amounts to an American alliance with those countries, whether that was intentional or not.Obama Admin Debates Whether Assad Really Must Go
July 3, 2014
It is possible for action to be at once intentional and purposeless.Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics
William Thomas Thornton
Stan was sure it was intentional, but he could never prove it.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
The forgetting was a little too intentional to be entirely complete.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Not an intentional one, or one that could have been avoided, apparently.An American Suffragette
Isaac N. Stevens
She had never sinned against him, even by intentional silence.Kept in the Dark
- performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
- of or relating to intention or purpose
- of or relating to the capacity of the mind to refer to different kinds of objects
- (of an object) existing only as the object of some mental attitude rather than in reality, as a unicorn in she hopes to meet a unicornSee also intensional
Word Origin and History for intentional
1520s, from Medieval Latin intentionalis, from intentionem (see intention). Intentional fallacy recorded from 1946. Related: Intentionality.