- 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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Origin of intention
synonym study for intention
OTHER WORDS FROM intentionin·ten·tion·less, adjectivemis·in·ten·tion, nounpre·in·ten·tion, nounsub·in·ten·tion, noun
Example sentences from the Web for intention
It was a very difficult day to know that people would say, “Oh, you lied,” because that was never the intention.Full Transcript: Sean Spicer on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 26, 2020|Ozy
That exclusionary zoning has led to racial segregation, and was often an explicit intention of the practice, is not an especially obscure view in urban planning.Single-Family Zoning’s Century of Supremacy in San Diego|Andrew Keatts|August 26, 2020|Voice of San Diego
This is one of those where it’s hard to tell what the intention behind the search is.Google search trends: People are in search for connection during the lockdown|Russell Welch|August 20, 2020|Search Engine Watch
The governor’s office declined to comment on whether Newsom has any intention of granting a waiver.For Now, New School-Like Day Camps Won’t Be Allowed in the Fall|Will Huntsberry|August 17, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That isn’t necessarily all that surprising when you consider we’ve spent the last 30 years building up an increasingly apocalyptic view of our political opponents and their intentions.What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is|Maggie Koerth (firstname.lastname@example.org)|August 5, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
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