intentional

[in-ten-shuh-nl]

adjective

done with intention or on purpose; intended: an intentional insult.
of or relating to intention or purpose.
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.

Nearby words

  1. intent,
  2. intention,
  3. intention movement,
  4. intention spasm,
  5. intention tremor,
  6. intentional community,
  7. intentional fallacy,
  8. intentional foul,
  9. intentionalism,
  10. intentionally

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

Synonym study

1. See deliberate.

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British Dictionary definitions for intentionality

intentional

adjective

performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
of or relating to intention or purpose
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
Derived Formsintentionality, nounintentionally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for intentionality

intentional

adj.

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

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