primary intention

  1. Logic. See under intention (def. 5a).

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How to use primary intention in a sentence

  • Let us say that a sin is an act deliberately committed with the primary intention of inflicting an injury upon some one.

  • Of this change eternity is by primary intention the negation, as its philological form shows.

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  • It must be so; for in war the effect of an operation is never confined to the limits of its immediate or primary intention.

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  • Only the first volume originally contained much more Egyptian material, and the third I lengthened beyond my primary intention.

  • But assuredly it was not with the primary intention of making this confession that either play was written.

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