[ in-ten-shuh-nl ]
/ ɪnˈtɛn ʃə nl /
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done with intention or on purpose; intended: an intentional insult.
of or relating to intention or purpose.
  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

synonym study for intentional

1. See deliberate.

OTHER WORDS FROM intentional

in·ten·tion·al·i·ty [in-ten-shuh-nal-i-tee], /ɪnˌtɛn ʃəˈnæl ɪ ti/, nounin·ten·tion·al·ly, adverbsub·in·ten·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for intentional

/ (ɪnˈtɛnʃənəl) /


performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
of or relating to intention or purpose
  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

Derived forms of intentional

intentionality, nounintentionally, adverb
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