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intentional fallacy

[ in-ten-shuh-nl fal-uh-see ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl ˈfæl ə si /
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noun
(in literary criticism) an assertion that the intended meaning of the author is not the only or most important meaning; a fallacy involving an assessment of a literary work based on the author's intended meaning rather than on actual response to the work.
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Also called in·ten·tion·al·ism [in-ten-shuh-nl-iz-uhm] /ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nlˌɪz əm/

Origin of intentional fallacy

First recorded in 1945–50
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