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  1. done with intention or on purpose; intended: an intentional insult.
  2. of or relating to intention or purpose.
  3. Metaphysics.
    1. pertaining to an appearance, phenomenon, or representation in the mind; phenomenal; representational.
    2. pertaining to the capacity of the mind to refer to an existent or nonexistent object.
    3. pointing beyond itself, as consciousness or a sign.
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Origin of intentional

First recorded in 1520–30; intention + -al1
Related formsin·ten·tion·al·i·ty, nounin·ten·tion·al·ly, adverbsub·in·ten·tion·al, adjectivesub·in·ten·tion·al·ly, adverb


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1. See deliberate.


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  1. performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
  2. of or relating to intention or purpose
  3. philosophy
    1. of or relating to the capacity of the mind to refer to different kinds of objects
    2. (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
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Derived Formsintentionality, nounintentionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intentional


1520s, from Medieval Latin intentionalis, from intentionem (see intention). Intentional fallacy recorded from 1946. Related: Intentionality.

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