- purpose or attitude toward the effect of one's actions or conduct: a bungler with good intentions.
- purpose or attitude with respect to marriage: Our friends are beginning to ask what our intentions are.
- Also called first intention, primary intention. reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
- Also called second intention, secondary intention. reference to properties, classes, or the relationships among first intentions.
Words nearby intention
Origin of intention
SYNONYMS FOR intention
OTHER WORDS FROM intentionin·ten·tion·less, adjectivemis·in·ten·tion, nounpre·in·ten·tion, nounsub·in·ten·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for intentions
Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.
The collective stresses that it has no intentions of museum-izing the materials it has gathered.
There is Jim Webb, who declared his intentions earlier this week.
We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.
The rebels are squabbling among themselves as suspicions rage about American designs and intentions.
He so disposed his divisions as to leave Buell in utter uncertainty as to his intentions.The History of the Confederate War, Its Causes and Its Conduct, Volume II (of 2)|George Cary Eggleston
A roar of laughter greeted this candid confession of future intentions.The Revellers|Louis Tracy
If he carries out his present intentions we had better skip for the north before he gets loose.Diary of an Enlisted Man|Lawrence Van Alstyne
There are now again all sorts of reports and speculations about Peel's destiny and his intentions.A Journal of the Reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1852 (Volume 2 of 3)|Chares C. F. Greville
He guessed her purpose at once: she was going to ask him his intentions with regard to her daughter!Tourmalin's Time Cheques|F. Anstey