- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of intentions
Their intentions may be good, but their execution and insight are lousy.Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook
December 19, 2014
The collective stresses that it has no intentions of museum-izing the materials it has gathered.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
There is Jim Webb, who declared his intentions earlier this week.Team Clinton Prepares for the Other Side of If
November 22, 2014
We can only speculate as to the intentions behind these ambiguous words.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
The rebels are squabbling among themselves as suspicions rage about American designs and intentions.Time Is Running Out for Obama on Syria
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of intentions
And what are your intentions with regard to this fair captive?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He had not intended this; it seemed hardly his fault: his intentions had been good, or at least not bad.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I am to be unlucky in all I do, I think, be my intentions ever so good.
I have no subterfuges, no arts, no intentions, but to keep to the letter of them.
"My intentions with regard to Dick are strictly honourable," she remarked.Viviette
William J. Locke
"one's purposes with regard to courtship and marriage," by 1796; see intention.
mid-14c., from Old French entencion "stretching, intensity, will, thought" (12c.), from Latin intentionem (nominative intentio) "a stretching out, straining, exertion, effort; attention," noun of action from intendere "to turn one's attention," literally "to stretch out" (see intend).