- 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.
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.
But there is more to this behaviour than intentional amnesia.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire|Kim Ghattas|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kent Sepkowitz|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Estonian statement implied the alleged abduction is an intentional slap in the face to the Americans.
To McCain, that amounts to an American alliance with those countries, whether that was intentional or not.
There must be no accidental letting off of guns or intentional shooting.Jones of the 64th|F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
Marjories sweet face clouded at the intentional cruelty of Mignons speech.Marjorie Dean High School Senior|Pauline Lester
It was less from intentional cruelty than from an instinctive desire to recover his lost feeling of superiority.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
The Russians would, of course, disclaim any intentional insult; say it was all a mistake, and then repeat the outrage.
Divested of its intentional and humorous exaggerations, it is not a caricature, but a portrait.Collections and Recollections|George William Erskine Russell
British Dictionary definitions for intentional
- 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.