- done with intention or on purpose; intended: an intentional insult.
- of or relating to intention or purpose.
- 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.
Origin of intentional
SynonymsSee more synonyms for intentional on Thesaurus.com
1. designed, planned.
1. See deliberate.
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Examples from the Web for intentionality
But wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all live our lives with the intentionality that such a warning brings?On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
Here it is that "intentionality" and "consciousness" come in.
That intentionality should be cultivated, I need not spend many words in explaining.The Teacher
George Herbert Palmer
The absolute principles of causality and substance, of intentionality and unity, unquestionably give us the absolute Being.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Through presence and intentionality, the nurse is able to know the other in his or her living and growing in caring.Nursing as Caring
- performed by or expressing intention; deliberate
- of or relating to intention or purpose
- 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
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Word Origin and History for intentionality
1520s, from Medieval Latin intentionalis, from intentionem (see intention). Intentional fallacy recorded from 1946. Related: Intentionality.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper